Asked on Oct 02, 2013

Best paint for outdoor carpet?

Anna Ibarra
by Anna Ibarra
My back deck had no cover,exposed to the elements (till recently w/post later) so my nice outdoor rug that I bought last year is almost completely faded. Still in great shape but I wanted to painted the faded part in. What paint works best?
When I first bought it last year. :-D
Today's look. SA, TX sun & heat does a number on outdoor things. I tried a bit w/oil paint but that's too thick. I like to re paint it, any ideas on which best way to touch it up?
  9 answers
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Oct 03, 2013
    I found this... but being an aerosol you may need to spray it into a cup first then brush in the details.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Oct 04, 2013
    KMS, wouldn't it be hard to use a spray paint? I would think it would be hard to control where the spray goes. If you could find a brush on paint, it would be much easier.
    • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Oct 04, 2013
      @Elaine Simmons Hench my comment about spraying it into a cup and brushing it on. You can also pick up automotive "enamel" in regular cans that are then used in air spray systems.
  • Sally Sally on Oct 04, 2013
    My local guy who makes awnings will sell the same canvas they use for the canvas designed to survive the elements. He advised me to use standard acrylic paint with tons of poly. Another option is patio paint. That can survive outside without losing its color on multiple surfaces -- smooth concrete and soft terra cotta. I'm a true believe in poly. Standard canvas needs gesso on both sides to seal the canvas and prepare it for paint. It's an idea and will be interested in what other readers suggest.
  • Dana Corby Dana Corby on Oct 04, 2013
    Outdoor acrylic, available in small jars at any crafts store such as Michael's or JoAnn. I've used it with great success, including on vinyl floors, for years. However, if your rug is polypropylene (has a slick, sort of oily feel) as are many outdoor rugs, any kind of paint may flake.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Oct 04, 2013
    Yes, I would think the craft paint would work the best. I painted one once using craft paint {but it was not in the sun} on the back of a piece of linoleum. It lasted till I got rid of it......just got tired of it. I also put poly on it. I would think spraying in a cup would be a big hassle! I didn't see any comment about spraying it into a cup when I posted my first response.
  • From My Cherry Heart From My Cherry Heart on Oct 05, 2013
    how about fabric won't be stiff like other paints!
  • Pat Bennett Pat Bennett on Oct 05, 2013
    You could also try a fabric DYE- Rit comes in liquid form. i suppose it can be brushed on too.
  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Mar 01, 2014
    Thanks all, I hadn't posted my carpet done. Will soon and what I choose. Thank you for your help.
  • Ooo24894852 Ooo24894852 on Oct 09, 2017

    Can you paint carpets