Fabric Spray Paint – Questions and Answers
The response to my post about this chair has been kind of crazy, with more visits than any of my other posts so far. Pretty exciting for me – so thanks!
After a couple hundred questions, I’ve tried to answer the ones that have re-occured the most on this post.
Please Note: The above picture is not the finished chair. Yesterday I sanded off the black spray paint on the legs, so it’s a hot mess right now. This pic was taken before I put the additional coat of fabric paint on, so there are still a few green areas visible. That’s not the case now, and as soon as I get it all done, I’ll post finished pics.
There have been lots of questions about the fabric paint I used on this chair, so I want to answer them as best I can. Here goes!
1. What did you use? Tulip Fabric Spray Paint in Dark Teal.
2. Does it feel stiff? No, it pretty much feels the way it did before I painted it. However, the fabric I used it on wasn’t soft to begin with. If I had to guess about what the fabric is, I’d say some kind of polyester blend. I don’t know how it will react to other kinds of fabric. I’m trying it today on cotton. I’ll update this post when I find out.
3. Does it rub off? No, not yet anyway. I have sat on it many times now and not a tiny bit of color has transferred. Today I will try to see if it rubs off if you sit on it while wet. (I’m assuming people are asking this because they want to use it on pool/outside furniture?) It says on the bottle that you can wash it after 72 hours, provided that you turn the garment inside out. Obviously, I won’t be sticking the chair in the washing machine, so I’m going to do the next best thing… a damp towel.
4. How many bottles did this take? It took me five bottles. I had a bunch of nooks and crannies to do, so I used almost a whole bottle just getting into the tufting. Repeatedly. The stain sets into the fabric, so it required quite a few coats.
5. How much does it cost? I bought it at both Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics. It was $6.79 at Michael’s and $6.99 at Jo-Ann’s. But this week it was on sale at Jo-Ann’s for 25% off, so I paid just under $5 for it. I thought it was kind of expensive given that it only was a few ounces, but when I think of what the cost of re-upholstering it would have been, it’s pretty cheap.
Just a few of my own tips for this project.
- Be sure to have a paint brush handy. The spray doesn’t come out like your typical spray paint. It’s not an aerosol. So, it will just be a big circle of paint, plopped on the fabric. Use the brush to spread it out and work it into the nooks and crannies. It’s also not sticky or tacky, and takes about twenty minutes to dry, so it’s super easy to spread and manipulate.
- It will stain your hands (and your face – ugh), so use gloves. And be sure to use a drop cloth, because it will stain your floors. My driveway is now teal-ish in the spot I did this in. Oops! It blends nicely with all the black/blue/gray overspray from my other projects.
- Depending on what you are covering, plan on about four coats to uniformly color your fabric.
- The bottle says that it works best on covering over white or light colors. This is true, but it did do a good job covering light/medium green.
If you do this project, I would love it if you came back to share your results!
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