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Can I Paint Fabric and How Long Does Fabric Paint Take to Dry?

Can I Paint Fabric and How Long Does Fabric Paint Take to Dry?

"Can you paint fabric?", and "How long does fabric paint take to dry?" are questions we often get asked, and it's totally understandable. Getting the details and timings right can really make a difference in how your fabric paint job turns out. So, let's dive into the nitty-gritty whilst admiring this beauty from @charnwoodtowers.

Can I paint fabric?

Yes, you can use Fabric Paint to paint any item of fabric - sofas, car seats, curtains, lamp shades, and more. You can paint the fabric any colour, although we would recommend that if you're changing the colour of the fabric, you need to paint it a darker colour than it currently is for the best results.

If your fabric has a pile, such as velvet, faux-suede, chenille, draylon, or microfibre, we recommend ordering double the quantities of fabric paint. This is because there’s a lot more surface area to cover on these types of fabric. We suggest 250ml will cover a dining chair, 500ml will cover an armchair, and 1 Litre will cover a three-seater sofa.

What is the difference between fabric paint drying and fabric paint curing?

When we say fabric paint is "drying," it's that stage where it feels dry to the touch, even though it's not fully dried yet.

On the other hand, "curing" is very similar to "drying, but when it is "cured", this is when the fabric paint is completely dry and has bonded with the fabric. Think of it like regular paint hardening on a wall. But with Fabricoat, it acts like a fabric dye and dries with a soft, flexible finish that keeps your fabric feeling just as comfy as before.

How long does it take for Fabricoat Fabric paint to dry?

It becomes touch dry within 24 hours, which means you can start using it. But if you want that colour to really set and last, we suggest giving it a full seven days to fully cure. Once it's cured, your fabric can be washed, cleaned, and used as usual without the colour rubbing off onto your clothes.

What happens if you apply a second coat of fabric paint too soon?

Applying a second coat too quickly after the first one can lead to some patchy colouring. So, make sure to wait at least 2 hours between coats. And here's a pro tip: while the fabric paint is drying, gently brush it in all directions with a soft bristle brush for a super even coverage.

As ever, before you get going on your textile paint transformation project, don't forget to prepare. Take a look at our How-to videos for tips and tricks on painting anything from sofas and cushions to curtains and car interiors.

Check out our range of colours and tools to help you get started on your Fabricoat journey.

 All images credited to @charnwoodtowers