Can Faded Sunbrella cushions be painted or stained?

The cushions are in good shape but have fadded badly, even when covered. They would cost a fortune to replace or have recovered. Just wonder if I can use fabric paint or a stain to make them look decent.

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  • Yes you can! Several Hometalkers have done the very same project for that very reason.
  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Aug 20, 2017
    I totally understand, I'm in Phoenix and we get that alot. Unfortunately, once they fade, the fabric gets really brittle and you never know when they'll split. Dye did NOT work, don't mess with it. I tried fabric paint one year and it made it very stiff to sit on. So, if you want to try it, I'd say use fabric paint, but mix with a little bit of water so it's still soft. You want it to sink into the fabric as you paint, not sit on top because that will peel up. And maybe look for cheap shower curtains to use for fabric to recover them in the future. (Or, since it's end-of-season, look for clearance cushions if/where you can!)
  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 20, 2017
    Hello Sbick; I personally have tried this. I have found that the material still weathers, quite badly here....and for me, personally I will not attempt to do this again.
    I have found that by bringing my cushions inside, after using that they wear much longer and I do not have to re do them, or replace as quickly.
    I am always on the lookout for cushions to upgrade with, while I am out and about!
    I hope that this helps you!!! Take Care!
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 20, 2017
    If you want to paint it, I would suggest using to search ' painting outdoor cushions '. Read as many articles as you can and also go to and see if you can find some videos. Preparation is the longest part. Learning what works and what doesn't is part of preparation.

    Good luck!
  • Shannon Shannon on Aug 20, 2017
    just buy or get some pillow cases and tuck in or tie ends with rope.
  • Sbi29305417 Sbi29305417 on Aug 20, 2017
    This does not answer my question.......the question is can Sunbrella material be stained or painted.
    Thank you for your advice, but I need to know if I can stain or paint the fabric???
  • Benny Benny on May 23, 2018
    Based on a few inquiries the only certain answer that can be given is NO weathered fabric will not accept stain or hold paint without peeling or cracking.