The Quick and Easy Guide to Painting Shutters

Painting shutters are one thing you can do to boost your curb appeal and give your exterior a facelift. Read on for a quick and easy guide on how to paint shutters. 

Have you every wondered how the professional painters paint shutters so easily? When painters that know what they are doing paint shutters, there are no drips or runs. The shutters are uniform in both color and texture.

Best Paint for Shutters

Painting your shutters is one of several items on your exterior painting checklist if you plan to put your home up for sale.

In order for your freshly painted shutters to look good, you need to choose the right paint.

If you have plastic or vinyl shutters, choose a high-quality, exterior acrylic latex paint. Or you can find a paint that is designed for painting plastic.

Learning how to paint wood shutters take a bit more work. But you have more options for paint. Choose an exterior paint that is suitable for wood.

We recommend no painting the shutters a darker color than the original. This may cause your shutters to absorb more heat and eventually warp.

When working outside, remember to stay out of direct sunlight. Avoid taking on this project on scorching hot days that are very humid. Moderate humidity is fine. 

Clean Your Shutters

When you paint exterior shutters, the first step is cleaning them. If you have wood shutters, use a scraper to remove old layers of paint.

Then use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any bumps or lumps on the shutter. This step is vital in order for your new paint to stick well and look glossy.

For vinyl shutters, use a broom to wipe away cobwebs. Then use a damp rag to wipe away dust and dirt.

If you see any patches of mold or mildew, you need to tackle that before you paint.

Mix one part bleach with four parts of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and soak the moldy area. Rinse clean with a hose. 

Next, scrub the shutters with soapy water and a soft bristle brush. This will remove hardened dirt and chalking.

Let the shutters air dry before beginning to paint them. 

Do I need a Primer?

It’s a good idea to spot prime your shutters first. This allows the paint to stick to any unpainted areas and can also offer better coverage if tinted to the same color.

If your vinyl doesn’t have any peeling but is just faded, you don’t need a primer. With wood shutters, you’ll power wash or scrape the shutters until there are no blistering or peeling areas left.

If primers are needed recommend using a exterior specific bonding primer. This will really help the top-coat bond properly.

How to Paint Shutters Without Removing Them

There are two ways to paint shutters. You can remove them and paint them. Or you can paint them without taking them down.

Most home advice places will tell you that you have to remove the shutters, but you don’t have to if you don’t to. You will just have to approach the task differently.

In fact, some shutters can’t be removed. In this case or if you just want to save yourself some time, you can paint them with a brush.

Make sure you use a pail to make having the paint with you handy. It’s easier to dip a brush into a pail than it is a tray.

Use an Angled Brush 

First, tape off the surrounding areas to avoid getting paint on other parts of your exterior.

Then use an angled sash brush to paint in between the slats. Start with a light application of paint and let it dry.

You’ll likely need at least two coats of paint for each shutter. Working in light layers prevents the paint from forming globs in the corners of the shutters.

During the second application, do your touch-ups. Look for any crevices you’ve missed.

If you accidentally get paint on the trim or siding, just wipe it away with a damp cloth. If you find paint spots after the paint has dried, rubbing alcohol will take care of it.

If You Prefer to Remove the Shutters

Many people claim that it’s easier and less time consuming to remove the shutters before painting them.

If you prefer, you can choose this method. Especially if you have shutters that are very high up on your house. You really don’t want to be on a high ladder for too much time if your not a professional house painter.

Rent an Airless Sprayer

An airless sprayer makes this job a breeze. In fact, the time it takes to paint exterior shutters will be less than the time it takes to take down the shutters. 

You can usually rent an airless sprayer for the day. You can expect to pay between $50-$75. Or you can purchase one to keep on hand for future paint projects.

Place a drop cloth on the grass to protect your lawn. Then spray the shutters horizontally. Rest the shutters on a drying rack in between coats.

Or you can lay the shutter on buckets or boards to dry. 

Spraying vinyl shutters will take less than 10 minutes each. Just add a little dry time in between coats. Two coats will give you the best vibrant color. 

The best thing about an airless sprayer is that the finished product looks smooth, sleek and professional. You won’t have any brush marks or globs of paint.

Final Thoughts on Painting Shutters

Thanks for reading! We hope this guide has given you the tips you need to give your shutters a facelift.

You’ll be amazed at how big a transformation painting shutters can make on your home. 

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