How to paint nylon

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How to paint nylon
Synthetic paints come in lots of colours. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Customise your nylon bag, backpack or other gear with a painting that showcases your crafty side and makes your stuff easier to find in a crowd. When painting fabric, use stencils or transfers as a guide, or draw your own work. The process is just like painting arts and crafts, but you'll need to prep the fabric before and after painting, and use textile paints designed to adhere to nylon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric paint
  • Newspaper
  • Paintbrushes and rubber sponges
  • Bowl
  • Iron (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wash the nylon before you paint, since washing will shrink the sizing in your nylon. If you skip this and wash the nylon later, you risk warping the painting.

  2. 2

    Prepare your work area and gather supplies: Cover your table with newspaper for easy cleanup. Bring your fabric paints to the table. Get paintbrushes or sponges so you can brush the paint onto the nylon, and fill a bowl with water to rinse your brushes in between colours. Make sure you have adequate light in the work area so you can see your work.

  3. 3

    Paint dry nylon with your brushes, or wet the nylon and sponge on the paint for a looser application. How you paint is really up to you, so let your creative drive run loose.

  4. 4

    Let your nylon fabric air dry, and clean up your paints while it dries. Wait 24 hours so the paint can cure.

  5. 5

    Set the paint by ironing your nylon, if your paint needs to be heat-set. Not all do, but if yours does, the bottle will say so and will provide instructions for your review.

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