I have constructed a (very) rudimentary outdoor screen for when we do big camping events. I've used 2 white poly tarps back to back, but I find that the gloss on the tarp is distracting. Has anyone had any success in painting a poly tarp in a similar application? The tarp will be folded in between uses (couple of times a year).
I don't think the paint would adhere to it. I would use blackout cloth. I think the site is Rosebrand.com that sells LARGE blackout cloth. And Walmart.com used to also. What size screen are you looking for?
Yea, I would def not paint it! That's asking for trouble, first it won't stick to the tarp and second paint will make it 100x's more flammable! I would just look around and try to find a good quality tarp that is less visible, maybe check out this website www.tarpsplus.com Hope you found what you were looking for.
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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With all due respect, both previous answers are not correct or conducive to helping the Poster solve his problem without going to considerable extra expense.
You "CAN" paint the Tarp using Glidden Gripper Primer. It should be sprayed on in 2-3 thin "Duster-like" coats...as such will allow the tarp to be folded (...but one should avoid any sharp creasing of the folds...)
...and, The Glidden Primer is Water Based Latex, as so being has a far lower degree of potential burn ratio than the Tarp itself does.
If the Tarp mentioned is "BIG", then any BOC sized large enough to replace it will cost considerably more than desirable.