Rattan: how can you change the color?

If you no longer like the look of the rattan chairs, or you would like to hide the signs of wear under a new layer of paint, there are several options. What you can do for a new shade of rattan, read our article.

Rattan properties

Rattan is a natural material obtained from the rattan palm. Be used either Rattange lichen or whole Rattanrohre. Rattan is usually used uncoated.

Over time, the original color fades due to exposure to strong sunlight (UV light). This can also lead to color changes. As a rule, one can restore the original color shade or achieve a slightly different shade by means of coloring substances.

The problem is that rattan is a material that "works" extremely. Coatings must therefore always be flexible in order to participate in the movements of the ratan. Rigid layers of paint would be leafing and jumping.

Possibilities for coloring

Basically, you have several options to change the color of your rattan furniture:

  • by oil treatment
  • by glazing
  • by chalk paint or lime colors

oil treatment

Coloring oils are often used in rattan as a care product to conceal traces of weathering something. Just like paint, they are painted on with a brush, they penetrate into the material and color it through the contained pigments in a defined color.

Although they can not completely change the color of rattan, they can achieve distinctly different shades from the original shade through multiple treatments.

The treatment, which is actually just a care treatment, you can repeat as often as you want. The oil also protects the rattan from drying out and makes it more resistant and supple. These oils are available in different colors in the specialized trade.


Glazes are the method of choice when it comes to coloring rattan. They let the original color shimmer through easily, do not close the material completely tight and are usually flexible enough to follow the movements of the Rattan.

Chalk and lime colors

A special look can be created with chalk and lime colors. In white or in light pastel tones creates an interesting vintage look, because even here, the original color shines through.

In order to protect the coating against abrasion, it should always be overcoated with a flexible clearcoat.

Tips & Tricks

For paints you must necessarily take flexible paints, which also adhere well. The water-based, non-toxic and low-odor acrylic paint is ideal for example here

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