Frequent Asked Questions

Simply Spray Frequently Asked Questions

How much paint is in a can?

One of our 8oz  Upholstery Paint cans covers approximately 17 square feet. One of our 2.5oz Clothing Fabric Paint cans will cover approximately 5 square feet.  However, it also depends on how absorbent the fabric is and how dark you would like the finished item to be. The more absorbent your fabric, the more paint it will need, so make sure that you order enough to achieve the exact color you are looking to obtain.

Will it work on awnings/umbrellas or other assorted outdoor things?

Yes, our Upholstery Paint will work on any outdoor fabric that can absorb water. The best use we've seen is spraying outdoor furniture, awnings, umbrellas, and patio cushions!

Will the paint fade in the sun?

The paint should not fade in normal sun conditions, so it will work great on any indoor or outdoor item which will be in direct sunlight.  Any item exposed to extreme sun will eventually fade.

Will it make the fabric stiff?

The paint itself will not make your fabric stiff, but the fabric might hold excess paint if sprayed too heavily and change the texture of the fabric. You can use a bristle brush and a dry  rag to loosen the fibers and release the excess dried paint. Also, if you'd like to see it in action, check out our video of the upholstery fabric paint on the Morning Show which features a soft pillow sprayed with the 'burnt orange' color.

Can I paint my red couch blue?  (assorted color combinations)

In order for the paint to work properly, the material you are painting must be lighter than the color of the paint you are using. You can paint a tan couch black, but you can’t paint a black couch tan. The paint is not opaque so it cannot make darker colors lighter or completely cover over prints on fabrics unless you are spraying a much lighter fabric with a dark color.

Will it rub off onto your clothing?

The paint should adhere into the fabric and after 72 hours at which time it is permanent, it should not rub off. If for some reason the paint rubs off, it is because there is excess paint between the fibers that did not absorb into the material, but this only occurs rarely. You can use a bristle brush and a dry rag to wipe the extra paint off. You can also use a hair dryer to speed the drying process if 72 hours is too long to wait.

Can you wash your fabric after using Simply Spray?

Yes, you can wash Simply Spray (Soft Clothing Fabric Paint, Stencil Paint and Puff Paints). You should not use any type of liquid or sheet fabric softener because fabric softener breaks down the pigments in the paint. Also, if possible try to wash your garments inside out. The first time you wash your garment, the excess paint will wash off the fabric, so please make sure you wash it in a separate load. After the initial wash, you should not notice significant fading. Wait 72 hours before washing for the first time. We do not recommend dry cleaning.  The Upholstery Paint is washable.  However, we recommend it be spot cleaned, because it cannot withstand harsh detergents. This paint was specially designed to be permanent without washing for items you cannot throw in the washing machine. You should not use any type of liquid or sheet fabric softener. Fabric softener breaks down the pigments in the paint.

Can I use this product indoors or does it have strong fumes?

Upholstery paint is non-toxic, non-flammable and has no fume odors. Actually, it has a very mild smell which is not offensive. The propellant in the can is very safe and is the same propellant used with food, such as whip cream, and is odorless. Occasionally you may smell a faint paint odor if you are using a large number of cans indoors, but opening a few windows should make them disappear. If you have sensitivities, you should use the product in a ventilated area, such as a patio or backyard, to be on the safe side. 

I am planning to use this product outdoors, will it ruin my grass if I get paint on it?

We always recommend that you cover your work area just to be on the safe side. Simply Spray is not harmful if you get some on your grass, but it should be avoided. It will change the color of your grass temporarily, but should disappear after some time goes by. If you would like to get rid of it more quickly, try spraying down the grass with a hose or other water spraying device.

What happens if I get paint on my skin?

You can wash it off as you would any other kind of paint with soap, warm water and a wash cloth.

This does not spray like any other spray paint I have used, why?

Simply Spray has a patented spray mechanism designed to use specifically with our spray products. In order for it to work properly, the trigger requires you to pull back rather than push down. Also, keep in mind that the paint is not propelled by the harmful gases used in regular spray paint.

Can Upholstery Paint be used on cellular shades?

Yes, people have used Upholstery Paint on cellular shades with great success! As long as the fabric is absorbent to water, and lighter than the color paint you want to use, the paint should work.

What happens if the can freezes during shipping?

Upholstery Paint is freeze/thaw stable. If the product freezes, it should still function when thawed, just leave it out on the counter until it is no longer frozen.

Can you ship Simply Spray products to me for overnight or express delivery?

No, our standard shipping is via ground, as the paint is in a pressurized can and is therefore considered hazardous when shipping.  

I am looking to make a large purchase, can I get a discount?

Our price per can goes down based upon whether you purchase a 3 pack, 6 pack or 12 pack of the same color. If you're looking to purchase more than $250 worth of product, please contact us directly at  or 310-490-2606 and we can discuss further options as well as the terms associated with large purchases.

I own a small store and I want to carry your product, how do I place an order with you?

If you have a small store and would like to order a case or two, please contact us at or 310-490-2606 for more information.

I want to buy a few cans of paint but I live in another country, will you ship to me?

Sorry!  We can only ship within the United States and its territories.

I distribute other products and I would like to distribute yours, who should I contact?

Please contact us directly if you are interested in distributing our product within the U.S. at

Will you donate product for our organization or charity?

We receive many solicitations for donations and we cannot accommodate them all. Please email us at and we will let you know if are able to help.

Can you recycle the empty can?

The inside of our cans are coated and the can cannot be recycled. However, our paint itself is safe for the environment.

Is it safe around children?

YES! Our products are safe for everyone. They are non-toxic & non-flammable! Although it is an aerosol, it does not contain ANY harsh ingredients or inhalants. Its secret formula is safe and conforms to ASTM-D 4236.

Is it safe to use around pets?

Simply Spray is safe to use on fabrics that will be in contact with your pet, such as a pet bed. We do not recommend that you spray the paint on or near your pet.


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