How to Paint Vinyl Fabric

What You'll Need
Choice of vinyl spray paint
Plastic sheeting
Masking tape
Stencils, if required
Face mask

Vinyl fabric is widely available and convenient for use on a number of different items of furniture. Knowing how to paint vinyl fabric can help provide a wide range of different appearances that will complement existing decoration and other pieces of furniture.

Step 1 – Clean Fabric

The first step required to undertake the process of painting vinyl fabric is to clean the furniture. This is necessary to ensure that the paint takes effectively and that the result is smooth and even. Clean any trivial surface dust with a soft clean cloth and use a water-dampened sponge on anything more significant. Try not to wet the fabric too much, and allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding.  

Step 2 – Prepare

Decide on the area in which you will be working to complete the vinyl fabric painting process. Due to the nature of the paint, this is best undertaken in a well ventilated area. Take advantage of any sufficient space in your garage or other outside location. Lay newspaper or plastic sheeting on the ground and any surrounding area. If the furniture to be painted also comprise some sections that are not fabric-covered, use some masking tape and plastic sheeting to protect it. Decide whether you want to paint the vinyl entirely or whether you want to create a design or pattern. If using stencils, fix these in place with a little masking tape.  

Step 3 – Gather Materials

Position the furniture in the area you intend to work. Protect yourself against airborne paint particles by wearing protective goggles and a face mask. Peruse the instructions provided with the paint and bear them in mind as you work.

Step 4 – Paint

Shake the paint can vigorously before use and ensure the nozzle is pointed in the right direction. Hold the can a distance of about 12 inches away from the surface of the vinyl fabric, or as recommended by the instructions. Spray a light and even layer of paint, working in a series of straight lines so that you can paint cleanly and without a significant amount of overlap. After completing the task of applying the paint, let it dry thoroughly.

Once it is dry, consider the color and finish to determine whether you are happy with it. Darker colors may require a second and maybe even a third coat to achieve the desired color. Allow each coat of paint to dry before applying another, as the shade can differ slightly when it dries. If you are painting a vinyl fabric that also needs color adding to the second side, let the first side dry before proceeding to apply paint to the second side. Similarly, leave the paint to dry first if adding a second color on top.