How to Paint a Patio Umbrella

Do you want to customize your patio umbrella or give some new life to it? If so, a fresh coat of spray paint on the canvas and metal base will make it look great. This is a simple project is simple and can easily be tackled in a weekend. For this project I used Krylon Spray Paints.

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Get an Umbrella

Find an old umbrella that's faded and make it look like new again with Krylon Paint. Spray paint works great for stencils too, if you are looking to use stencils to give your umbrella a unique look. You can find Krylon Spray Paint at your local Sherwin-Williams store.

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Disassemble Umbrella

Remove the top cap from the umbrella. Next undo each arm from the canvas. This is typically a pretty simple process.

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Prepare Canvas

Protect the area you'll be working in with rosin paper, plastic, or an old tarp. Next, lay the umbrella as flat as possible.

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Paint

Apply the first coat of paint to the canvas. I used Krylon CoverMaxx in Blue Ocean Breeze on the umbrella. Work one section at a time. If you are going to paint a light color, I'd recommend using a light colored canvas. It took about 5 cans of paint to get the desired finish based on the surface area being sprayed and how the canvas absorbed the paint. Always wear a respirator or mask when working with spray paint.

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Apply a second coat to darken the canvas and make it more even. You may paint the underside, but my underside was still in good condition and I chose to leave it the tan color. You should plan to apply a second coat either before 4 hours or after 24 in order to achieve the desired look.

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Apply Stencils (Optional)

Customize your umbrella using stencils and applying pray paint that is a contrasting color. I didn't actually want to add any words or patterns, but still wanted to show you the process. You can also use Krylon’s Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive to hold your stencil in place.

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Paint the Canopy Support

The canopy support was a bit weathered so I gave it a couple fresh coats of Krylon CoverMaxx Brushed Metallic paint. If you decide to paint this, make sure to let it cure for plenty of time prior to attempting to raise or lower the arms. Otherwise the paint can will scratch off on the pole area if not properly cured. I would recommend letting it dry for at least 48 hours. 

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Paint the metal base

Apply 2 coats of paint to the base. I used Krylon CoverMaxx Brushed Metallic in Sparkling Canyon paint. Allow the base, canopy support, and umbrella plenty of time to cure.  

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Re-assemble

Once cured, re-assemble the canopy support to the umbrella.

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Install Umbrella

Set up the base and then insert the canopy support with the umbrella. Here is a look at the finished product with a fresh coat of paint. Enjoy your new Umbrella!

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