Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

Posted by Lucy On March - 19 - 2014

I often get enquiries about using  fabric spray on a faded hood or apron, so here is an earlier article on this topic for those new to the joy of owning a vintage pram:

 

Recently a lady rang to ask my advice about her pram, so off I went to see if I could help. The pram is a Silver Cross Tenby, black coachwork and black hood and apron, a change from the usual navy blue.

When this lady bought the pram it was immaculate, used for only one baby and kept safely stored in a bedroom until it was sold on. It was bought to use for visiting grandchildren and lovingly buffed and polished after each use. The problem was that the new owner had kept the pram in her conservatory between grandchild visits, and the hood and apron had faded with the sunlight. The grandchildren were too old for the pram but she wanted to keep it for display purposes.

Such a shame it had faded, as the rest of the pram is still pristine.  If the hood and apron are in good condition, apart from the fading, it is cheaper to paint spray them rather than go to the expense of having them recovered.

If you decide to treat the hood and apron, you can buy hood reviver spray, but I shopped around to see if there were similar products before deciding. Some items on E Bay are listed as being for prams, when in fact if you look around you can find the same product at a lower price, listed as something else.

Some people have used the sprays available on E Bay and others recommend shoe dyes, I shopped in all the local shoe repairers and shoe shops and couldn’t find any shoe dye, although I understand this is available at Timpsons shoe company.

I experimented with spray colour that is sold for florists to dye fabric flowers, the result on a piece of hooding material was not good, the material was hard and brittle.

This proves it is vitally important to do a test piece before spraying the rest of the fabric, and do be careful what kind of paint you use,  make sure it is colourfast and waterproof and non toxic.

(Picture  of my Silver Cross Kensington,edited to obliterate baby’s face,copyright vintagepramfan.com)

Spray paint is available on E Bay and is listed as hood and apron restorer, but I have recently used a product Simply Spray,  listed as “upholstery spray paint” available from this E Bay shop http://stores.ebay.co.uk/simply-spray‘. I have used this on a faded hood and tired looking apron and have to say I am delighted with the result! As it is intended for use on upholstery it is ideal for pram fabric.

In fact if you have a fabric body pram, the spray could be used to rejuvenate that  as well as the hood and apron.

The spray is colourfast and non toxic, this is extremely important if the pram is to be used for a baby, and is available in several colours. It is not an aerosol and when you first spray on the paint the colour may seem lighter than you had expected, but don’t worry, once it soaks into the fabric it will be the true shade.

Before spraying the fabric, brush it with a stiff brush or vac it, to remove any accumulated dust, and the fabric must be dry before you commence the painting.

I sprayed my pram on a fine, still day out in the garden with the apron up but I took off the hood arms and masked other areas, either with masking tape or by covering with dustsheets. The apron was laid flat on the ground so that was easier to spray.

If you spray the pram indoors then do make sure you are in a well ventilated place and cover the surrounding area with dustsheets. You can use masking tape (available from a decorators’ supplies shop or B & Q) to cover the hood braid and hood arms if you are not going to remove them. This tape will protect the surface and is easily removed afterwards.

Once the fabric has been sprayed leave it outside on a dry, still, day if possible, otherwise leave it in a spacious area, where the fumes can easily disperse. I left mine outside for a few hours then brought it inside and left it overnight before replacing the hood arms, although the spray instructions do state it will dry in a few hours.

It may take two attempts at spraying to ensure even coverage. It is far better to spray two thin coats of paint rather than one thick one. Ensure you leave the hood to dry thoroughly between coats. And remember you cannot spray on a colour that is lighter than the original fabric, such as trying to dye navy blue fabric with a paler blue spray paint.

If the pram is to be used for a baby do ensure the paint odour has completely disappeared as this could cause respiratory problems or allergic reaction for a baby.

The hood and apron on my pram now look like new, even minor snags don’t look as obvious as they did previously and an area of fading has been covered satisfactorily. The fabric feels just like it did before, and this was a stylon material.

You really have nothing to lose if you want to freshen up the colour of faded fabric, if the paint spray doesn’t work you have the other option of having the hood and apron renewed, but I am sure you will be happy with the product mentioned.

 

 

 

 

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26 Responses

  1. jacqui legge says:

    this has been a great help as i have heard of this but was very unsure, thank you very much x

  2. Janet says:

    Hi Lucy
    ,Can I ask if you found that one can/bottle of Simply Spray was sufficient to spray a full sized hood and apron or will I need two? I have a white bodied Balmoral with navy hood and apron which are faded–not too badly but look a bit ‘greyish’ I am quite nervous of spraying them but will probably have a go! Love the website!

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoy the website. I just used one bottle of Simply Spray and this was sufficient to do the hood and apron on a Berkeley (detachable chassis), and there was enough to give the hood a second coat as it had faded quite badly. Perhaps if you have a Balmoral it would be better to purchase two bottles to ensure complete coverage as this is a bigger pram. It is very easy to use the spray, it isn’t an aerosol more like the trigger sprays as used on household cleaners. Don’t be nervous, but do be aware that the liquid may look as though it is “flooding” at first but this soon disperses as it soaks into the fabric. Hope this helps.

  3. Janet says:

    Thank you for the advice-I will wait for the weather to improve a bit so I can do it outside. ‘Nothing ventured nothing gained’as they say!

  4. zoe says:

    I am wanting to try this, the spray won’t go through to the cream plastic lining will it , thanks

    • Lucy says:

      The fabric has a waterproof backing so the spray won’t soak through to the lining. Remember to spray evenly and don’t worry if the paint seems to form into a pool as this will soon disperse.

  5. maureen says:

    hi,
    i bought recently a 1968 s.x “normandie”,a white body with a metallic burgundy trim,the hood and apron are an unusual pinky/purpley colour quite vibrant with a navy lining.
    i bought this spray in a shade called “raspberry/fuschia” & it,s a very good match!
    i’ve now just purchased a s.x pram bag in pink,but it’s a much paler colour,& yes you’ve guessed that it will to be getting sprayed to match the hood & apron!!
    love your site!
    maureenxxx

    • Lucy says:

      Glad you have found the spray useful, and thank you for your kind comment about my website. The normandie is a very nice pram, and the colours sound very good. I notice you have your own website for reborn babies, they will look stunning in your pram! And if anyone wants to look at Maureen’s website it is fairygodmothersbabies.webs.com

  6. Janet says:

    Hi,Well I finally sprayed my hood and apron today and I am delighted with the results! Thank you Lucy for all your advice and tips.I used the ‘Simply Spray’ in navy and it has dried quickly and it looks great.xxx

  7. Tina says:

    Hello Ladies,

    I have been hunting for a spray that will revive my ever so slightly faded Navy kensington, I am a bit worried incase i make a mess of it but after reading your comments i think im going to give it a go! Im not quiet sure which colour will be best. Do you think Navy?

    Thanks in advance

  8. Gemma says:

    I’ve just brought a patterned navy blue and purple ish Silver Cross Wayfarer, and realised quite how faded it is. Do you think that spraying it black would work?

    Thanks in advance

  9. susan says:

    Hi, i am just about to spray the hood and apron of my pram black with simply spray, the pram was original grey so heres hoping it works, i have already changed the body colour to high gloss black and i have to say it looks amazing, can wait to see the finished pram.

  10. VA Lennon says:

    Hello,

    I read with interest your experience on dyeing hoods and aprons for your prams, I was wondering if the navy is a true navy colour as it looks a very bright blue when I saw it on the simply spray website. I have an old navy Corniche pram and the hood and apron are in good condition in a deep navy, the bag is also navy but a little paler, slightly greyish. so I’d like to try dying the bag and wondered what you thought of the navy colour as I notice some of you ladies have used this colour.
    Thank you.

    • Lucy says:

      I used the navy on a navy hood and although it looked quite bright when initially sprayed it soon soaked in and was a dark navy, the only problem I found was that where the hood had previously faded this was still noticeable, the dye covered the faded patch but it perhaps would have been better with another coat over the faded area. If you are still unsure try the spray on the underside of the bag, but I am sure you will be happy with the colour. I recently dyed a grey bag with brown Simply spray and it has come up really well.

  11. carol says:

    Hi
    i have a silvercross country classic pram will it work on that

  12. Maria says:

    Hi Lucy my question isn’t related to pram hoods,I have a tenby pram the back wheel was damaged so I purchased new from heritage prams size 16 ins this now means both front and back wheels are the same.the back of the pram seems to dip a bit now,should I purchase the smaller 14 inch wheels for the front to balance it out or is this a waste of money.i have searched the internet for advise but cannot find an answer to my query until I found your site.do hope you can help so I can push my little granddaughter out with confidence.

    • Lucy says:

      You must replace the wheels with the size they were originally, otherwise the pram will be unstable. Some chassis have four wheels all the same size but others have two different sizes as the chassis are different.

  13. Iris says:

    Hi Lucy, Just starting to renovate my Marmet 1960′s pram (small). Cannot find local rechroming for wheels, etc. Thought the SilverX new wheels size 14″ and 16″ would fit (exactly same size) but have been told only fit SilverX prams. Any views please?

  14. Bren says:

    Thank you for posting this! I have an old h&a I’ve been wanting to test this way, but have been a little nervous about it. Sadly, I sold the pram with a replacement h&a, but if this works, would love the set to go back to it’s original pram, as I know the buyer has been trying to resell it (hope she hasn’t yet). It would be tough to match this set with another pram, as it has a printed lining. Hope to try this sooner than later (& incidentally, the h&a that needs new life is also a stylon set).

  15. Georgina says:

    This article was music to my ears!
    I’m in the middle of revamping my navy blue corduroy Marmet which my Mother bought for me over 35 years ago when I was first pregnant. When my two babies grew out of it I coated it with crease wrapped it up and stored it away in the loft. I’m now getting it ready for my first grandchild. When I unwrapped it I was rather pleased with it’s condition, the only real problem is the hood has faded along the folds. I looked at all sorts of dye and just the other day came across the Simply Spray range, It did seem the best thing to use but I was still a bit apprehensive, after reading your article I feel confident it’ll do the job. Thank you so much.

  16. Natalie says:

    Hi I’m so pleased I came across this article, my lovely friend has giving me a dolls pram for me to do up for my little girls Christmas box, it’s currently got a brown hood and cream body but I’ve checked on the simply spray website and I’ve fallen in love with the deep purple spray!! This should cover the hood right??? And another quick question what is the best spray for the body?? I hope you can help thanks in advance

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