How to Paint Vinyl Material With Flexible Fabric Paints

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Vinyl fabric is found in all kinds of applications, including everything from tablecloths to the interior of cars. There are a wide variety of flexible paints that work well on vinyl fabrics. The key to producing a good finish is to select the best paint product for your particular application. If you are decorating a small vinyl purse, then you may want paints that are thick and extrude from a tube. If you want broad coverage, look at spray paints. Once you select the right product you are halfway to achieving the results you want.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colour markers
  • Flexible fabric paint
  • Artist brushes
  • Vinyl and fabric spray paint
  • Degreaser
  • Soap and water
  • Towel
  • Tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Sand paper
  • Paint thinner

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Instructions

    Paint Vinyl With 3-D Fabric Paints

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    Draw your design on paper when you are embellishing a vinyl object such as a purse. Detail the design including the colours you want to use. Three-dimensional fabric paints come in a small bottle with a funnel top. To control the size of the line, snip off as much or little of the funnel as you need.

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    Practice using the paint on a scrap piece of vinyl or paper. It is sometimes hard to get a smooth line. Each time you stop and start you may get a gap or extra paint. Try fixing this problem by dragging a pin through the paint to move it into the gap or remove some excess.

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    Create designs that favour the glob style of the tube applicator. Draw curved shapes with circular accents. This type of applicator is a lot like a cake liner and you can achieve flowers, leaves, ribbons, curls and intricate designs but they will also be rounded. Allow each colour to dry completely before applying the next colour.

    Paint Vinyl Fabric With Spray Fabric Paint

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    Thoroughly clean the vinyl fabric you want to paint. If this fabric is part of the interior of your car, degrease the fabric as well. Wash with soap and water and a small toothbrush. Dry immediately. Mask off the surrounding interior of the car with plastic sheeting and painter's tape.

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    Lightly sand the vinyl to increase adhesion. Vacuum and remove any remaining debris. Paint on a day when the temperature is between 12.7 and 23.8 degrees C and between 40 and 60 per cent humidity with low wind. Make sure the area is well-ventilated.

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    Shake the vinyl paint can thoroughly to mix the paint in the can. Spray a thin coat across the vinyl fabric surface, stopping and starting beyond the painted area. Keep your can an even distance from the fabric. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next coat. It is better to apply three thin coats than one thick coat. Avoid overspraying and drips.

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    Clean up with an appropriate paint thinner or soap and water.

Tips and warnings

  • Other paints also work well on vinyl fabrics, such as acrylic paints. You can mix the colours of acrylic paints to antique detail work or to achieve colours not found in fabric paints. Acrylic paints are flexible and washable. You can add a flexible fabric glue to the paint to make it more durable in thinner applications.

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