Fabric Paint for Upholstery

How To Use Fabric Paint for Upholstery

Feeling a little skeptical about painting your furniture? We understand!

Here are the basic instructions for using Fabric Paint for Upholstery.
Be sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions below!

Paint is intended for use on absorbent material. Test absorbency of material by applying water to a small area to see if material absorbs water. For best results, material should be dry, free of body oils and loose dirt. Before beginning your project, test paint by spraying in an inconspicuous area to assure desired results. Shake can well before using. Remove blue safety tab. Hold can 6”-8” away from project and begin spraying. Maintain even pressure on trigger while spraying . Spray thin layers of paint to cover project. Rub paint into fabric in difficult areas. For even coverage, allow first coat to dry completely then reapply. Repeat until desired color is achieved. Dry time will depend on temperature and level of humidity. To speed drying process, use a hairdryer to dry material. Allow at least 72 hours for paint to dry before using under normal conditions. Ideal temperature for application is 70˚F-90˚F. Wash hands vigorously with soap and water to remove paint from skin. Paint is permanent on fabric. For best results, use entire can in one application. To reuse can, clear nozzle by turning can upside down and spraying until clear gas appears.

One can covers about 15-17 square feet. 6-can cases are available for larger areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I tell if the paint will work on my project?
  2. Will it work on awnings/umbrellas/outdoor furniture or other assorted outdoor material?
  3. Will the paint fade in the sun?
  4. Will it make the fabric stiff?
  5. Can I paint my red couch blue?
  6. My couch is black and I want to paint it red, can I use the Upholstery Paint?
  7. Will you have a tan or a white paint?
  8. Will it rub off onto your clothing?
  9. Can you wash it?
  10. Can I use this product indoors or does it have strong fumes?
  11. I am planning to use this product outdoors, will it ruin my grass if I get paint on it?
  12. What happens if I get Upholstery Spray on my skin?
  13. This does not spray like any other spray paint I have used, why?
  14. Can your upholstery paint be used on cellular shades?
  15. What happens if the can freezes during shipping?
  16. Do you have any other colors available in the Upholstery Paint?
  17. If I send you a sample of fabric can you match the color?
  18. Can you send me a sample of the paint so I can see what it looks like before I use it?
  19. Why will the paint not absorb into my material?
  20. Can I use Simply Spray instead of Upholstery Paint?

How can I tell if the paint will work on my project? In order for the paint to work on your fabric, your fabric must be able to absorb water. The paint is water-based and will react like water would. Spray it with water- If it beads and rolls off, the paint will also roll off…if it soaks in...the paint should work. Please be sure to TEST your fabric BEFORE attempting to complete a project. Be sure your material absorbs the paint before beginning. Also, keep in mind that you must check the fabric after it is dry as well to make sure the paint fully absorbed. Make sure you are 100% happy with the results before completing your project. Do not use if paint does not absorb after normal drying time, 72 hours is recommended. Practice spraying before spraying directly onto project.

Will it work on awnings/umbrellas/outdoor furniture or other assorted outdoor material? Yes, Upholstery Paint will work on most outdoor fabric as long as the fabric can absorb water.

Will the paint fade in the sun? The paint should not fade in normal sun conditions- if for some reason it does, just reapply the paint next season.

Will it make the fabric stiff? The paint itself will not make your fabric stiff, but the fabric might hold excess paint and change the texture of the fabric. You can use a bristle brush and a rag to loosen the fibers and release the excess dried paint.

Can I paint my red couch blue? (or other assorted color combinations) In order for the paint to work properly, the material you are painting must be lighter than the color of the paint you are using. You can paint a periwinkle couch black, but you can’t paint a black couch a light color like periwinkle. The paint is not opaque so it cannot make darker colors lighter.

My couch is black and I want to paint it red, can I use the Upholstery Paint? Sorry, the paint cannot be used on a dark color such as black to make it another color, such as red. Painting the black couch with red might change the shade of the couch, but will not make the black couch red like the paint color.

Will you have a tan or a white paint? We will not have a tan or a white paint for upholstery because the paint is not opaque. It would not cover the material.

Will it rub off onto your clothing? The paint should adhere into the fabric and after 72 hours it should not rub off. If for some reason the paint rubs off, it is because there is excess paint between the fibers that did not absorb into the material. You can use a bristle brush and a dry rag to wipe the excess paint. You can also use a hair dryer to speed the drying process.

Can you wash it? Yes, you can wash as you would any other fabric. You should not use any type of liquid or sheet fabric softener. Fabric softener breaks down the pigments in the paint. Wait 72 hours before washing for the first time. We do not recommend dry cleaning.

Can I use this product indoors or does it have strong fumes? Yes, after 72 hours, you can wash the material without using fabric softener Upholstery paint is very similar to Simply Spray with a stronger binder. It is non-toxic, non-flammable and has no fume odors. The propellant in the can is very safe and is the same propellant used with food, such as whipped cream. The propellant is odorless. Occasionally you may smell a faint paint odor if you are using a large number of cans indoors. If you have sensitivities, you should use the product in a ventilated area to be on the safe side.

I am planning to use this product outdoors, will it ruin my grass if I get paint on it? We always recommend that you cover your work area. Simply Spray is not harmful if you get some on your grass, but it should be avoided. It will change the color of your grass temporarily. Simply Spray should wash off your grass when the next rain passes by.

What happens if I get Upholstery Spray on my skin? You can wash Upholstery Spray off your skin with soap, water and a wash cloth.

This does not spray like any other spray paint I have used, why? Upholstery has a patented spray mechanism and is designed to use specifically with our products. The trigger requires you to pull back rather than push down. The paint is not propelled by the harmful gases used in regular spray paint.

Can your upholstery paint be used on cellular shades? Yes, people have used Upholstery Paint on cellular shades with great success! As long as the fabric is absorbent to water, and lighter than the color paint you want to use, the paint should work.

What happens if the can freezes during shipping? Upholstery Paint is freeze/thaw stable. If the product freezes, it should still function when thawed.

Do you have any other colors available in the Upholstery Paint? At this time we have 9 colors.

If I send you a sample of fabric can you match the color? Sorry, but we don’t make custom colors.

Can you send me a sample of the paint so I can see what it looks like before I use it? We do not have samples to send. We have a PMS color chart that you can use to see the closest representation of the paint color. The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a system shared world wide by the graphic arts industry. You should note that every computer monitor varies slightly in color. You may also get varying results on different kinds or colors of fabrics.

Why will the paint not absorb into my material? We suggest doing the water absorbency test before using the paint. Your material might be treated with a water-repellant coating. This will prevent the paint from absorbing into the material.

Can I use Simply Spray instead of Upholstery Paint? We suggest using our Upholstery paint, but there are colors that may not be offered in the Upholstery Paint line that are offered in Simply Spray. Depending on the fabric, Simply Spray will work on upholstery. However, the Upholstery Paint has a stronger binder and if you are using Simply Spray on upholstery it might rub off. It is always best to test on a small piece of scrap fabric before proceeding. Simply Spray works best on 100% light colored fabric. Simply Spray will not cover dark fabric. You will need to apply a few coats of paint to fully cover your upholstery. The number of cans varies depending on the size of the piece of furniture. Always remember to protect your work area.