How to Paint Vinyl Shutters

open window with shutters painted light blue
What You'll Need
Spray paint
Small bag or cup
Scrub brush
Safety gear
Plastic sheeting and tape (optional)

It’s normal for vinyl shutters to look worn and faded after years of fighting off sun, rain, or snow. You could hire a professional painting contractor to get the updated look you want, or you could paint the shutters yourself with the help of a few tools, some time, and steps.

Step 1 – Prepare the Area

Prepare the area where you will be working. Make sure that you choose a shady spot with plenty of ventilation for spray painting. In addition, prepare all of your safety gear. Remove all nearby furniture or fixtures from the area, so that you don’t get paint on anything you don’t want to. If you need to, use plastic sheeting or tape to cover items that you can’t move.

Step 2 – Select the Paint

Select a type of vinyl paint that’s suitable for exterior purposes. Check out different brands and colors at your local paint or home-improvement store. Try selecting a color one shade darker than your home’s exterior walls for a muted yet transformative color scheme.

Step 3 – Remove Your Vinyl Shutters

Do not attempt to paint your exterior vinyl shutters while they are still attached to your home. Remove the shutters carefully by unscrewing them from the wall. Be careful not to damage them during removal. Note that if you find any damage to your shutters, it's best to purchase new ones and replace them.

Marking Hardware

Place the vinyl shutters on a pair of sawhorses before proceeding. Carefully retain the hardware used to attach the shutters, by placing the pieces in a small bag or cup and marking the contents on the outside.

Step 4 – Clean the Shutters

Thoroughly wash the vinyl shutters with a mild soap and a sponge. Employ a stiff-bristled brush to clean any stubborn areas filled with dirt or grime. When you’re done cleaning, rinse the shutters with water and allow them to dry before continuing. If your shutters are exceptionally dirty, you may want to try restoring them by using a de-oxidizer.

Step 5 – Paint the Vinyl Shutters

Warning: It’s dangerous to inhale spray-paint fumes. Only spray-paint in a well-ventilated area, and make sure you wear a proper safety mask to avoid inhaling the chemicals. In addition, wear clothing that protects your entire body from errant drips.

Using the spray paint you selected, apply layered coatings with long and sweeping motions to ensure even application. To prevent dripping, do not stand the shutters on end to paint them. Instead, place them flat on the sawhorses, where you can spray in a side-to-side motion.

Step 5 – Allow for Curing Time

Although it may appear that the paint is drying quickly, allow several days for the paint to sufficiently harden. Keep the shutters in the shade or bring them indoors while they dry.

Step 6 – Replace the Vinyl Shutters

Once the vinyl shutters have cured, replace them carefully with the screws you marked in your cup.