Material is faded
Most of time dye doesn't work on outdoor fabric and paint will usually crack or peel since the fabric is water proofed. Maybe you could use cushions on top.
Buy fabric paint and apply sparingly with a disposable sponge brush.
Do I need to prepare the fabric other then cleaning
do I need to protect the paint once painted
You should be fine after a quick surface cleaning....the paint bottle should have instructions😊
Thanks. Iam going to give it a try.
Let me know how you make out!