How To Restore Faded Synthetic Rattan Garden Furniture

How To Restore Faded Synthetic Rattan Garden Furniture

Buy good quality rattan furniture to avoid the problem of fading

Good quality synthetic rattan garden furniture doesn’t fade as the dye is incorporated throughout the whole weave strand.

Cheap rattan furniture however is only surface dyed so over-exposure to strong sunlight can fade the material; unfortunately there is not a lot you can do to restore it to its original condition. Synthetic rattan is impossible to paint or dye, as you cannot sand down the weave to provide purchase for the paint; if you do succeed in painting with a specialised paint product for plastics it will almost certainly soon begin to peel. The only solution is to place the furniture out of strong sunlight which almost defeats the object of sitting outside in the garden in the sunshine.


Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.