Paint and Gelcoat Comparison

In partnership with Holland Fiberglass & Restoration, LLC
A long-term solution to your umbrella needs.

Paint and Gelcoat Comparison

Painted Fiberglass

sturdy fiberglass market umbrella
  • Our Paint is Guaranteed for THREE Years NOT to Crack, Peel or Fade
  • Does not oxidize or corrode
  • Paint is also used as a sign paint- VERY DURABLE
  • Dirt and Mildew washes right off
  • Over 140 Color Choices
  • Better Value, Better Look
  • Paint used is a two-part catalyzed polyurethane

Gelcoated Fiberglass

sturdy fiberglass market umbrella
  • Colors fade and dull with exposure to sun
  • Gelcoat turns chalky with oxidization
  • Gelcoat may crack, see photo
  • Limited colors available

STM Industries takes the extra step of painting our solid fiberglass umbrellas. This allows us to offer over 140 color choices, giving us the ability to match any décor, color scheme, school colors, or company logo. Our umbrellas last for years compared to a seasonal purchase and look great.


We have moved over to PPG Matthews Paints, but if you are a past customer, we still have the colors available if you want to match existing umbrellas.

We have a wide variety of color choices in our Matthews color line that will enhance and add to any color scheme.

This paint line is a two part polyurethane coating and is among the highest performing paint systems, and they’re also the primary type of paint being used within the sign industry. Polyurethanes have superior abrasion resistance, excellent chemical resistance, and are highly resistant to UV light degradation. Polyurethane chemistry is the industry standard since they retain their hard, durable finish and good-looking appearance for years.

For 80 years, Matthews Paint has manufactured the highest quality of industrial coatings for their customers. As a major supplier to the architectural signage industry, Matthews Paint works with fabricators, designers and architects in coating technologies and color development including a library expanding to more than 80,000 colors. Matthews Paint continues to lead the industry with environmentally minded products while maintaining high standards of performance.

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