Tips & Tricks: Covering over old awnings

Tips & Tricks: Covering over old awnings

Tricks and Tips for covering up old awnings. See below for repairs

DIY Craft Project: 
How to add your name to old awnings and cover over previous names, and repair sails, tents and more.

This is a practical Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Guide on covering over old awnings, covering old business names and adding your own, or repairing canopies, tents, sails and covers.

What is the purpose of this article?
We're going to look at low-cost options that may save you hundreds of dollars over replacing an old awning. We'll also cover how to cover up old business names on awnings, repair smaller non-structural tears, and even repair tents, sails and pop-up canopies!
Where do I start?
For the purpose of clarity, I'll refer to awnings, but this also works to apply in general to tents, canopies, sails, sport team uniforms and to just about any woven fabrics.
Will it work on my fabric?
Before going any further, you'll need to see if your fabric (awning, tent, jacket, sail, anything) has been treated with silicone, as nothing will stick permanently to silicone.

Test for silicone:
A simple test to see if a fabric has been treated with silicone during manufacture or as an after-market finish, is to try to stick a new label, decal or bumper sticker to the fabric. While the sticker may not adhere well, if it stays put then it's probably okay to proceed. For a thorough test, send for a small sample piece of LetterBank AwnGrip fabric to test, as the material is custom-cut and not returnable.
The self-adhesive LetterBank AwnGrip material is sold by the linear yard or 10-yard roll in black, red, blue, green and white (in a standard master roll width of 54" x 3 feet length) and in white fabric only in 14" and 18" roll widths.
This woven fabric has an extremely aggressive acrylic adhesive on the reverse side, covered in a backing liner until it's ready to apply. The LetterBank AwnGrip self-adhesive fabric has been tested on awnings from Canada to Florida for over ten years without any failures reported, even in hurricane-strength winds.
Here's a partial list of ways you can use your LetterBank AwnGrip fabric.
• Cover over old awning lettering (painted): Measure area to cover and purchase enough fabric to cover.
• Repair an awning/tent/sail tear: Clean and brush awning thoroughly, then apply a patch at least 12" wider than the tear on the front of the awning and on the reverse side as well. Burnish thoroughly.
• Add wording to your awning: There are several ways to do this. You can order Paintmask self-adhesive stencils to paint your exact typestyle perfectly, directly onto an awning, or apply the Paintmask to the LetterBank AwnGrip fabric and paint your wording or logo directly, then apply the LetterBank AwnGrip fabric to your awning, sail or team flag.
• Make Team Sport Jacket or uniform numbers easily by cutting the LetterBank AwnGrip by hand, removing the backing and pressing onto the jacket or uniform. Machine washable gentle cycle.


This material may be used for small tears in canvas and canopies, tents, flags and almost any material which has not been treated with silicone at the factory or as an aftermarket application. Very little will stick to silicone if anything will.

How do you use the LetterBank AwnGrip fabric in your awnings or crafts?
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See related articles here: Stencils vs. Paint Masks
#Awnings #AwningLettering #AwningCoverups #SailRepair #TentRepairs 


  • Awnings by Bigley & Hogshire said:

    Thanks a lot for giving a very important information about covering over old awnings. I have done same work that you consider in your blog and found very good result from these techniques.

    November 04, 2021

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