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Colorful Caravan Awnings

Choosing the right awning material for your caravan is a quintessential requirement as it can have a lot of impact on your experience and convenience. The reason for painting the caravan awnings is that they fade away with time and do not match the exterior of the caravan. As long as the canvas has not rotted and is in reasonable condition then the awnings can be painted. But a lot of care needs to be taken before you actually get the awning painted.

Why Canvas Awnings?

Canvas awnings are usually preferred over other awnings materials such as metal or vinyl due to their affordability. They deliver good value for money and can be bought without burning a hole in your pocket. Canvas is also more durable than other materials and lasts longer. In case the fabric is damaged with replacement being the only viable option, then it is more feasible to replace canvas awnings than the ones made from other materials.

Challenges in Painting Canvas Awnings

Canvas awnings are not the easiest materials to work with, especially when it comes to painting them. The two major challenges faced during painting of canvas awnings is that they don’t hold paint easily and they are exposed to some really rough environmental conditions. Plus, it is not advisable to use water based paints as it just won’t remain there. Acrylic paint is preferred because it is durable and has adequate water resistance which only enhances the abilities of the canvas material.

The Painting Process

Before the paint is applied on to the canvas, it is important to clean the awning fabric thoroughly and ensure that it dries completely. It is better to let it dry naturally so schedule the washing on a bright sunny day. Once cleaned, the canvas should be stretched and suspended to allow for easier application of the paint. This also allows the colours to be absorbed in a better manner. An important precaution that should be taken mandatorily is to test the paint on a small section of the awning fabric before applying it altogether. This “test” will reveal the compatibility of the paint with the fabric. In case it doesn’t deliver the expected results, you would have to consider using some other paint.

Don’t Forget to Follow Up

The job isn’t done just after the paint has been applied. A coating of sealant is required to seal the paint on the fabric and ensure prolonged maintenance of the paint’s coating. Once the paint has dried completely, apply the first layer of sealant and allow it to dry properly. Follow it up with a secondary coating of sealant just to make sure that it is properly protected against rough conditions that may be experienced during road trips.

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