Frequently Asked Questions

Will Simply Spray work on my fabric? Simply Spray is designed for use on light fabric to transform from a light to dark colour. Our Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint and Upholstery Spray cannot be used on dark coloured fabrics to dye them lighter. Please be sure to test your fabric before attempting to complete a project. Be sure your material absorbs the paint before beginning. Also keep in mind that you must check the fabric after it is dry as well to make sure the paint is fully absorbed. Do not use if paint does not absorb after normal drying time, 72 hours is recommended. Practice spraying before spraying directly onto your project. Paint is permanent. Simply Spray works best on 100% cotton light-coloured fabric. The best test is to spray your fabric with water and see how the water reacts. If the water absorbs into the fabric- the paint should as well. If the water sits on top of the fabric, or beads, then the paint will do the same. You can try to rub the paint into the fabric, but it might take a few coats to get the right colour. Keep in mind that Simply Spray was created for apparel and small home decor projects. We recommend that you us Upholstery & Fabric Spray for your large projects – it is a different formula than Simply Spray and can work on various materials. Will Simply Spray work on furniture, like my sofa? We recommend using our new paint, Upholstery Fabric Paint, rather than Simply Spray for upholstery. Upholstery Fabric Paint is a different formula than Simply Spray. Depending on the fabric, Simply Spray will work on upholstery. It is always best to test on a small piece of scrap fabric before proceeding. Simply Spray works best on 100% light coloured fabric. Simply Spray will not cover dark fabric. You will need to apply a few coats of paint to fully cover your upholstery. The number of cans varies depending on the size of the piece of furniture. Always remember to protect your work area. Will Simply Spray work on wood? Simply Spray and Stencil Spray will work on wood. Simply Spray will stain wood. Apply a few coats for darker coverage. Stencil Spray will not absorb into the wood, which will allow you to stencil your favorite design on the surface. Will Simply Spray work on silk or polyester? Simply Spray will work on silk, but it will not have the same affect as it will on cotton. Simply Spray will run on silk or polyester, leaving a more tie-dyed look. So, yes, it will work, but won’t be as controllable as it is on 100% cotton. Is it safe for children? YES! Simply Spray, Stencil Spray & Upholstery Fabric Paint is safe for everyone! It is non-toxic & non-flammable! Simply Spray is an aerosol – but does not contain ANY harsh ingredients or inhalants! Its secret formula is safe and conforms to ASTM-D 4236! Please be sensible with young children. Whilst they are non-toxic, they are still aerosols, so we recommend that you do not allow any young children to use these sprays without adult supervision. Will the colour fade or wash out after I wash it? We recommend that you wash your garment inside out to minimize fading. Also, do not use fabric softener in the washing machine or dryer – it will make the paint fade. The first time you wash your garment you will notice a slight fade in colour, but the colour will remain vibrant after many washings! You should wait 72 hours before washing. My can will not spray again, what should I do? DON’T PANIC! You might have pulled the trigger back too hard. If the trigger is pulled back too hard, it can “stick”. Simply put your index finger behind the blue trigger an push it forward. A “pop” or “click” should happen. If you push on the trigger a few times, it should start spraying again. If you leave your can with the trigger out of position, the gas with seep out, rendering the can unusable. Think of the paint as a can of whip cream – if you only pull lightly on the nozzle the gas will seep out. Sometimes paint might build up in the nozzle after it is used. We suggest that you pick off any excess paint from the nozzle opening and then flip the can upside down and spray to clear the passage. The force of the spray should clear the way! We also suggest storing your used paints upside-down in water if you will not be using them right away. Do I have to heat set my project? NO! One of the greatest things about Simply Spray is that it sets itself! You do not need to iron or put it in the dryer! Just wait 72 hours before washing! Can I wash my painted shirt with other garments, or will it run? The first time you wash your shirt you should wash it separately. After that, washing it with like colours is recommended. Do not iron Stencil Spray. Can I iron? You can iron directly over Simply Spray, but not Stencil Spray. It is not necessary to iron Simply Spray to heat set it. Stencil Spray should be treated like silkscreen and care should be taken to avoid ironing it. Ironing directly over the paint could distort the appearance. How many shirts does one can make? This is the question everyone wants to know! Depending on your use for Simply Spray you can make many projects! When making tie-dye shirts you can make about 4 adult large shirts, front & back. A little Simply Spray goes a long way! Mixing other colours also limits the amount of cans you will need! Small projects like an accent will give you endless projects! See our colour blending page for the best colours to use together! What is the difference between Simply Spray and Stencil Spray? Stencil Spray feels like silkscreen when it’s dry! Simply Spray is soft when dry! Stencil Spray is a thicker paint that should only be used for stenciling. It does not spray in a fine mist, it sprays thick, like a stream, and is meant to spray in a sweeping motion. How many projects does 1 can of Stencil Spray make? Stencil Spray will vary depending on project and mixing of colours. Can you use stencils with Simply Spray or just Stencil Spray? Yes, you can stencil with Simply Spray. It requires a little more skill than stenciling with Stencil Spray does. The paint for Stencil Spray is thicker and it sticks to the stencil allowing nice crisp edges! To stencil with Simply Spray you should pat the top of the stencil off with a paper towel after spraying to avoid excess paint dripping (despite this, you may still experience some bleed under). You should lightly spray stencil with spray glue and use and absorbent material to protect the rest of your project. Be careful when pulling the stencil off! Can I buy in bulk? You can contact us directly to inquire about purchasing in bulk. How long will it take to dry? On average it will take about 1 hour for your project to dry. Depending on how much paint you used it could be longer or even shorter! Which colours work best together? See our Hints and Tips page to learn what colours to use together. Do any of the Simply Spray colours work with blacklight? Yes, the Bright Pink will react to blacklight. How much does Upholstery Fabric Paint cover? Upholstery Fabric Paint will cover approx 17 square feet evenly. You must test your fabric to see how absorbent the material is. Your fabric could use more or less of the paint. Is Upholstery Fabric Paint soft when it dries? Yes, it is soft, but your material can change the way it feels when it is dry. You should test before continuing.