caning is really neat stuff, but: -no way you're gonna get the stain off completely. -painted caning seldom looks very good. I have sprayed it white with some success, but difficult. -if you really want to paint it,to get the edges completely,go ahead and get a tiny bit on the chair frame,but wipe it off right away with a rag wrapped around a knife blade. -the best, if you can afford it, is to recane. It's fairly cheap, easy, and fun to do. Get the materials and a how-to pamphlet at an upholstry or craft store.