Asked on Mar 16, 2016

Using regular spray paint on outdoor fabric cushions

by CK
UPDATE: I did use Rustoleum spray paint. It worked well enough to use the cushions (I hope) for at least another couple of seasons. Thank you for responding. (This post has been unsubscribed to.)
I got this set used and had to make new covers for the cushions. I thought using this sort of 'rubberized' fabric would be great. It wasn't :-( It's very faded and stained I'd like to update. You can't see it on the photo. ;-) I'm thinking of making new covers but it's going to be pricey even with outdoor fabric on sale! Soo....
Have any of you used spray paint for this purpose (not the kind specifically made for fabric)? If so, what's your review?
  14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2016
    I would recommend rustoleums 2x ultra cover for the cushions. They may be a little stiff at first but I believe it will work and be a lot less expensive.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2016
      @CK I agree with the krylon. I think this product is terrible but do love the rustoleum.
  • Beth Beth on Mar 16, 2016
    I used spray paint to cover the green stripes and changed them to blue. It wasn't perfect but it saved me getting new cushions when all that was wrong was the color. Figure I can get new ones the right color when these ware out. No special kind, just the same color as my front door.
  • Marilee H Marilee H on Mar 17, 2016
    I agree that the Krylon would be your best bet, if you don't want to try chalk painting them.
    • CK CK on Mar 17, 2016
      @Marilee H Ummm......I mentioned a particular Krylon paint that I really didn't like. I'm going back to Rustoleum. But thanks for mentioning chalk paint. I've thought of that possibility too.
  • K K on Mar 17, 2016
    I used a brush on fabric paint that worked great.
  • Marie Forlano Papa Marie Forlano Papa on Mar 17, 2016
    You can make any paint into fabric paint (not spray paint of course) by mixing it with fabric medium, available at any craft store (or online). I know Martha Stewart makes one, and I believe the Aleen brand also.
  • C Crow C Crow on Mar 17, 2016
    Instead of paint, I found some fabric shower curtains I liked for under $10 each (Ross) and made simple pillow-case style cushion covers. They hold up very well outdoors and wash beautifully. Just another option.
    • CK CK on Mar 17, 2016
      @C Crow Good idea. I did sew the covers (pillow style) for what's on my cushions now. Maybe I can find some inexpensive shower curtains. Trouble is...I have so many cushions to cover! Two chairs (top and bottom cushions each), a loveseat (top and bottom) and four dining chairs! That's a lot of fabric no matter how you look at it ;-)
  • Teresa Teresa on Mar 17, 2016
    I would add this to any color you add to the cushions. I have use some of this brand the kind for leather and it works well. My husband said it the best I do know you have to reply each year but not to expensive to do that though. Hope that helps.
  • Bernice H Bernice H on Mar 17, 2016
    Connie...please let me know what you do...we have cushions in this house we just bought that need help! By the this your fence? Have you seen the fences with half marble gems glued on? Or the fence with pieces of mirror glued on into a mosaic? This new to us house has grey cinder blocks off the patio. So have to do something to jazz it up once momma hummingbird is done raising her brood. Let me know what you do.
    • CK CK on Mar 18, 2016
      @Bernice H Yes this is our fence. It's cedar. I have some hanging "ornaments" on it but like a rather plain look. I'll try to post "after" photos of whatever I do.
  • Reggie Reggie on Mar 17, 2016
    You can get spray on chalk paint that should work. I don't remember the brand, but the local Ace Hardware carries it. I'm sure there is more than one kind on the market.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Mar 18, 2016
    I have spray painted tufted chairs - it worked well, but they were firmly stuffed and so there was little give to the fabric. I worked in light layers; I think you might get into cracking if there is heavier layers covering overall and there is give to the fabric when you sit down. It's worth a try - perhaps experiment with plastic coating vs. other types of spray.
  • Peg Peg on Mar 20, 2016
    I was changing my backyard with hot color accents. I sprayed my chaise cushions with one color and splashes of the other colors. They look like I bought them to match. This is the 2nd summer and they look great.
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  • Lora Lora on Jul 07, 2020

    Is there a chemical smell if i spray vertical blinds with spray matted spray paint which is not for fabric

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 07, 2020

    I used cheap walmart spray paint on my outdoor umbrella. Since I don't care if the umbrella is soft or not it worked fine. Did take nearly 5 cans of paint but a 96 cents a can i can live with that.