Spray Painting Patio Cushions

By Art|February 8, 2016|Upholstery Paint, Upholstery Paint Projects|2 comments

In this video, learn how to use Simply Spray Fabric Spray Paint on upholstery. Unique qualities of this paint are listed, and we go through the steps of spray painting a faded patio cushion. See how to test your project’s material for absorbency before painting your project, how to hold the can, and how to apply the paint using various techniques.

Helpful Tips for Spray Painting Patio Cushions and other Upholstery


1. Download these instructions and read them completely.

This paint is specialty paint. It acts like a dye or stain and sprays unlike any other spray paint.

2. Test the material with water to check that it is absorbent.

We cannot credit you back for used cans, so only open a new can once you have used up a previous one.

3. Only open ONE can at a time.

We cannot credit you back for used cans, so only open a new can once you have used up a previous one.

4. When painting furniture, be sure to do a COMPLETE TEST on a hidden area that matches the surface fabric.

Make sure the area you test is not worn. Some upholstery fabrics have a water-resistant coat on them, and sitting or rubbing this area over time can lead to some areas of your furniture more absorbant of paint. So be sure the entire surface is equally absorbent.

Let the paint dry completely over three days, then check to make sure your paint adheres to the fabric. Make sure you’re satisfied with results before starting your project.

5. Keep the can upright while spraying.

If the can sputters, tilt it upright so that paint will be inside the internal tube. To avoid excessive sputtering and wasting propellant, make sure to position your project in a way that allows you to keep your can upright.

6. Several light coats look better than one heavy coat.

Less is more. Do not soak your project with paint. It may look like not much is coming out, but do your best to resist the urge to use more paint. Let your first coat dry for about 20 minutes before applying your next coat.

7. What if the can doesn’t spray?

It is rare you will have a bad can. First, make sure the can’s top is on tight. If it is, tug the trigger forward and push back gently to reset it. Additionally, sputtering may mean there is an internal spring that is stuck. If this seems it may be the case, bang the can on a hard surface to dislodge the spring. If the problem persists, call 1-401-769-8800 before opening any additional cans.

8. Clean the can for storage.

We recommend using the entire can in a single application. However, you can reuse the can if you clean the nozzle. First, turn the can upside-down and spray until it sprays clear. Rinse the nozzle with water until it’s clean. Store the can upside-down with the nozzle submerged in water (for example, in a paper cup).

Let us know about your experience in the comments below. We hope this tutorial is helpful to your painting projects. Happy painting!

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