It’s time for my conclusions about Simply Spray’s upholstery paint.
We’re on the last week of the series. Next week, we’ll have a giveaway for three cans of upholstery spray paint, so be sure to enter!
I did three projects using Simply Spray during this series.
1. I painted one of the original pillows that went with my original painted chair. As you can see, it turned out super well. It didn’t really change the texture. The pillow stayed soft. The color, Caribbean Blue, was pretty close to my painted chair color. Success!
2. I painted a faded pool umbrella. This was a water resistant fabric. Didn’t go super well, but also wasn’t a total fail. After 6 coats, it covered decently. It did take a lot of coats and the paint did tend to just roll right off since the fabric was not absorbent. Simply Spray does not recommend painting on any fabric that is not absorbent.
3. I painted faded patio furniture. This fabric was only slightly water resistant. Again, not something they would recommend, but I wanted to know the boundaries of the product.
Simply Spray is certainly a valid product and a great alternative to my method. However, it’s good to know a few things about it before you decide if it’s right for your project.
- Make sure your fabric is water absorbent. It will take more paint, the less absorbent your fabric is and will not take as well. See the post on the umbrella and patio furniture for more information.
- Cost. While it’s way less than recovering a piece of furniture, even if you use 14 cans like I did on the patio furniture, it can get pricey if you are covering a large item or if the fabric isn’t taking well to it. It costs about $11 a can.
- Test it out on an area that won’t be seen easily. That way you can tell if you like the color, if it’s taking well and how it’s looking before getting to a point of no return. Realize, though, that this spray paint will soak around to the other edges. So, I’d test it on a pillow or somewhere that it will not matter or protect parts that you don’t want sprayed.
- Let it dry completely between coats. It will take longer to dry on something like this that is not as absorbent.
- As stated in previous posts, it’s more of a dye. Dark spots will continue to be dark, in my experience. This method is not for covering anything. Ideally, your fabric is nice and consistent with no stains, patterns or dark spots.
- If you spray too heavily, it will create fuzz balls. So, again, test your method first.
- Try to use up the can as it can be ruined if you wait more than an hour in between. I had to throw almost a whole can out due to the issue you see above.
- Make sure you are only going darker in color and not lighter. It will NOT cover anything darker in color at all.
So, if it comes in a color you like and it makes sense, go for it! It’s a great product overall.
- Non-toxic. The smell is very mild.
- Easy to use.
- Doesn’t change texture of the fabric, if the fabric is absorbent.
Be ready to come back next Thursday and enter a giveaway for two cans of Simply Spray!