Can canvas tarps be painted with an exterior paint that will make them last longer outdoors? Which paint? Tks

Update:

I have the same question for plastic tarps, and poly sheeting, can they be painted to increase their durability? What paint would be best? Thanks, we go through many of these each year and it seems such a waste.

Update 2:

FYI a 7'x9' canvas tarp on sale is $25.99, and that's a small one. Latex paint? Oil paint? Tks!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Don't bother trying to paint plastic tarps, the paint just won't stick. With canvas tarps, you can waterproof them with silicone based water repellent which can help protect them if they aren't lasting because they get wet. Camping supply places often sell it, but it isn't especially cheap. The only way I can see paint helping preserve a tarp is if you get so much paint on it that it waterproofs the tarp, then it will weigh a ton and you'd better not try to bend it or fold it.

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    6 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Can canvas tarps be painted with an exterior paint

    Not really, exterior paint is made for none flexible surfaces! If a canvas tarp is painted over a short period of time the paint will start to peel off. You can stain or die them to change colors or better yet purchase a canvas tarp with the color you want.

    You will find that canvas-tarps.com Or www.brumleveind.com has some good color combo’s

    Source(s): yahoo search and handyman.freeforums.org
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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes you can, the question is-is it worth it. A good gallon of paint will cost you 25 bucks now, you can buy a pretty big tarp for that. It might be worth it for canvas, but you can extend the life of canvas with a clear spray-on water repellent/UV inhibitor which is much cheaper than paint. If you want to paint it, use some mis-matched (discounted) exterior oil base paint. If you thin it down with 1 part paint thinner, 4 parts paint, it will soak in better, at least for canvas anyway.

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    6 years ago
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