How to Paint Exterior Vinyl Window Shutters
A few years ago, painting exterior vinyl window shutters would have been a job so taxing that going out and buying new vinyl shutters would have been the better option. Today, with the availability of the right type of paint, it is relatively easier to paint vinyl window shutters if the major focus is primarily on the cleaning on the vinyl shutters.
Having to paint vinyl window shutters however could mean that at the time of purchase, the shutters were relatively inexpensive and lacked the surface coating of high-quality titanium dioxide which prevents fading. You can still make your shutters looks like new by following the directions below.
Step 1 – Remove the Vinyl Shutters
Some vinyl shutters are really easy to remove, i.e. you will just have to flip them upwards and take them off while some may be connected with screws which will take a little more time to work on. It is important to remove the vinyl shutters from the window so that you work on the shutters while on the ground for evenly cleaning and painting them.
Step 2 – Clean the Vinyl Window Shutters
Vinyl shutters have the texture like that of a car and must be cleaned like a car. Grab a sponge and dip it in warm soapy water. Scrub the vinyl shutters rigorously to remove and dirt and grime that may have deposited over time. There might be some paint botches due to exposure to UV light. Scrub hard and remove them too. Allow the shutters to then dry in the open. Do not use power of pressure washing as it may leave a slight dirt film on the surface of the shutters. You do not want that to happen before you start painting. After using a sponge and soapy water, rinse the surface immediately with clean water to prevent forming of any dirt films.
Step 3 – Paint the Shutters
Choose a paint color that is almost identical to the original vinyl color. This will ensure that if by chance the paint peels due to expansion and contraction in varying temperatures, it will not be as bad as using a totally contrasting color to the original. The acrylic-urethane paint mixture should be used as most companies mention on the paint container that they are recommended for vinyl. It is imperative that you wear gloves before going into this step. The Urethane in the paint is highly adhesive and will be almost impossible to take off if it comes in contact with skin.
Wearing gloves, use a brush to carefully paint the vinyl window shutters, avoiding any runs in the paint which increase chances of paint-peeling.
Step 4 – Finishing the Job
After you have finished painting, let the shutters dry in the shade. Do not expose to sunlight to try to speed up drying.