How to spray gel stain or regular stain. It's quick, easy, and looks professional. Especially useful when updating wicker furniture. Also how to change cushions for $10 without sewing! A no-sew solution for upholstery redos. Entire transformation of two chairs takes about an hour!
How to weatherproof wicker furniture: Give your piece two coats of the paint of your choice, then top it with a layer of spray marine varnish, such as @minwax Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane (from $10; Amazon). Wicker traps moisture easily; if it gets under the finish, it will damage the fibers from the inside out. Unlike spray lacquer, varnish is strong enough to seal out the moisture. Follow up every two to three years with a fresh coat to maintain a durable, water-resistant finish.