Bounce houses have extraordinary appeal to everyone, regardless of age or gender. The bright, magnificent colors and themes present in each inflatable device are one of the major sources of this appeal, and can draw in crowds of friends and family to your next bounce house event However, these wonderful colors should be chosen and added to the inflatable device by the bounce house designers and manufacturers, not the owners. There have been documented events of children, and occasionally, bounce house owners, painting their bounce house. This activity is potentially harmful to your bounce house and should definitely be avoided.

It is never a good idea to try and paint your bounce house for any reason, even though there are multiple reasons why people try and add color anyway. Sometimes, it’s a result of these owners wanting to add their own theme to the bounce house, or wanting to “revitalize” any fading colors in the fabric by painting over them with brighter colors. If the paint has faded on your bounce house, it’s not something that can be fixed with paint. The inflatable bouncer may just be very old, or in need of a replacement. Other times, it’s a result of boredom, or the children of bounce house owners using their watercolors or other similar products in places that they shouldn’t be. Supervision by parents around a bounce house is key, both inside and outside the structure. In either scenario, when the bounce house is deflated, even if the paint were to dry, it would still fall apart or become smudged beyond recognition when the bounce house is deflated and packed away at the end of the day.

Even if you were a master artist, painting between the lines or adding your own design to the bounce house’s outer fabric, you can still threaten the quality of the fabric by adding paint where it shouldn’t be added. Regardless of the fabric that is present, bounce houses are susceptible to significant damage from the presence of paint on the device’s surface, and the more paint, the more likely the chance of degradation. Lead-based paint is the worst in this regard. If lead-based paint were to come into contact with your bounce house’s materials, it would begin to deteriorate within a day. Even if you were to add a Tear-Aid patch over the hole in the fabric, the presence of the lead materials would still be present. In many cases, it may become very hard to wash out the chemicals embedded in the fabric, if at all. It’s an unnecessary risk for your moonwalk, and even if you were to successfully add paint to the outside of the device, the quality would be negligible at best.

Bounce houses and paint simply don’t mix, and attempting to combine the two in spite of this fact is dangerous to the safety and well being of your bounce house set-up location. However, paint does not necessarily have to be an automatic bounce house destroyer. Fairgrounds and festivals will often have face painting stations or similar art attractions in the same location as their bounce house set-up site. Often, children who get their face painted will go bouncing in the moonwalk on the same day at some point. So long as the paint on their face is dry, and no one was to start an art project on the inflatable device during down time, this scenario is not a problem.