Paint in general has come a long way over the years. At one time, it had lead in it and unbeknownst to the people of previous eras, that was unsafe. Nowadays paint doesn’t include lead in its contents and many paints no longer have odiferous fumes. Fabric spray paint, just like all kinds of paint, has evolved and become better, faster, and safer for use, even around children.
The Fabric Spray Paint Revolution
Fabric spray paint is an ingenious innovation in painting technology. No longer are we limited to spray painting wood, plastic, and other solid substances. Now we can paint t-shirts, jeans, shoes, sofas, chairs, car seats, lampshades, outdoor cushions, and rugs to mention a few fabric-related items.
Applications and Ideas for Fabric Spray Paint
Cotton fabric is one of the best materials for fabric spray paint, but polyester and other synthetics, canvas, waterproof, and burlap fabric is also suitable for spray painting.
What about a plain, white t-shirt that you want to add a splash of color to? Tie-dye is a difficult process of getting the cotton t-shirt wet, tying it in knots with twine, dipping it or pouring the various color liquid dyes on the t-shirt, and waiting for it to dry can take about half a day at least.
Fabric spray paint makes the process a bit simpler. Scrunch up the tee, take the respective paint colors and start spraying on the various open areas of the shirt. When you’re done, let it dry about an hour or two and wait to wash it for 72 hours. It shouldn’t fade and it should be washable.
That popular camouflage look is even something you can achieve with fabric spray paint.
Boats, RVs, and automobiles all have some form of upholstery. Fabric upholstery and leather upholstery are the two most common types for vehicles. Fabric, or upholstery spray paint is primarily suited for fabric upholstery. However, there is also leather spray paint that can handle that leather upholstery. Always make sure you choose a color that is darker or the same color you’re covering.
Do you have an old couch, or have you recently bought a used chair that needs to be cleaned, updated, or reupholstered? Getting that item reupholstered will cost you about four times (or more) the amount that simply investing in some quality fabric spray paint. You can revive or update any kind of upholstery or apparel using fabric paint.
The Earmarks of Quality Fabric Spray Paint
Now that you have an idea of what fabric spray paint is and some of its applications, we will review what to look for when you’re planning to invest in it.
- Free of harmful or smelly fumes
- Soft-touch on fabrics – Won’t leave upholstery or fabric feeling stiff or hard
- Safe to use around and with children
- Made to work on absorbent materials
- Won’t rub off once dry
- Dries at room temperature without having to apply heat
Look for these attributes before you choose your fabric spray paint. When you find that product, have fun with it and get creative.