Restoring a Faded Red Patio Umbrella

A red patio umbrella that has been exposed to the sun for a long period of time often becomes faded. The length of time your umbrella will retain its original color depends on many factors, including the type of material the umbrella is made of as well as how long it is in the sunlight each day. The shape of the umbrella only matters so far as how much of the umbrella is exposed to the sun; all other things being equal, a rectangular patio umbrella will fade just as quickly as a round one. While some brands of patio umbrella claim to be more fade-resistant than others, you may find that after a year or two of use even your expensive, top-of-the-line umbrella has faded from bright red to a duller pink color.

At that point, what are your options? You could just live with the color, which is the easiest way to deal with the problem. However, if the rest of your patio d├ęcor is red, or you just do not like the faded pink color this option will probably not be appealing. You can of course just buy a new umbrella, which is a quick and simple solution but also the most expensive and wasteful. Between these two extremes is the possibility of restoring your umbrella to its original color, using dye or paint.

Whether it is possible to dye a faded red patio umbrella depends on what material the umbrella is made from. Natural fibers, such as canvas, can be dyed, while synthetic fibers such as nylon will prove more of a problem. Many patio umbrellas are made with synthetic fibers so as to be water-resistant, making dying them a time-consuming and difficult, if not outright impossible, task. If you have a natural canvas umbrella, you will need to find the correct dye to use. Craft stores are a good place to find what you need, and they can help you choose your dye as well as explain the procedure to use it.

For synthetic fibers, you will need to paint your umbrella to restore its color. This can be done either with spray paint or fabric paint. Spray paint is the quicker option, but fabric paint allows more design and color choices. In either case it is important to choose a paint that will not only adhere to the fabric, but can also stand up to different weather conditions. Painting your red patio umbrella, whether it is made of synthetic or natural fibers, allows the opportunity to make your umbrella more personalized, by painting stripes or other simple designs instead of a solid color. You can even choose to use parts of the faded color in the design.

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Options for Outdoor Umbrella Lights

Lighting for your outdoor areas is just as important as for indoor areas. If you have a patio, deck or backyard with an outdoor umbrella, letting the umbrella double as a light source is both practical and stylish. There are several options for outdoor umbrella lights, so no matter what your needs or preferences you can find something that will suit you.

One of the most popular types of patio umbrella lights are string lights. These are available in a variety of colors, and attach to the underside of patio umbrellas. While this type of outdoor umbrella lighting may not provide as much light as some of the other choices, these have the added bonus of making your outdoor entertainment area just as festive at night as it is during the day. Because of this they are especially suited to homes that have outdoor parties during the evening.

Another option is an outdoor umbrella light that attaches to the pole of your umbrella. A stylish look is afforded by lamp lights. These usually consist of anywhere from one to four lights arranged around a center ring that is situated on the umbrella pole. Although these lamps can add some major style to your patio or deck, because they stick out from the pole they can get in the way of closing your umbrella. You have to decide whether the style is worth the inconvenience.

If you would like a center light around your umbrella pole, you can also choose a sphere light. These look like discs, with lights around the outer edge and a hole in the middle to fit the umbrella pole through. These can be set at any height on the pole, and should not impede the functionality of your umbrella like the lamp lights do.

If you are environmentally concerned or just want to keep your energy bill low, you can also choose solar outdoor patio umbrella lights. These work like other outdoor solar lights, in that during the day they absorb solar energy so they can function at night. A downside of these lights is that if the day is overcast, they may not absorb enough energy to provide a decent amount of light in the evening.

No matter what type of outdoor umbrella lights you choose, you are sure to find them incredibly useful. Even if you never considered nighttime outdoor entertaining before purchasing your lights, once you see them in action you may start planning a party before you know it.

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