How to Paint Wooden Plantation Shutters

What You'll Need
saw horses
paint scraper
rough sandpaper
trim paint
paint brushes

Brightly painted wooden plantation shutters can add a pastoral, quaint charm to any house, making its façade more welcoming and eye-catching. However, quite the inverse effect is achieved if they are left unattended for a long time, when their paint is allowed to flake and cracks begin to appear. Therefore, proper shutter maintenance is of enormous importance to keeping the front side of your house tidy and appealing to both guests and passers-by.

Maintaining the paint will also help protect the wood underneath, thereby prolonging the life of your shutters and saving time and money on their replacement.

The present guide will show you how to paint your wooden shutters with outstanding results.

Step 2–Take down the Shutters from your Windows

There are two ways to go about this step. Either you can take down one window's shutter(s) at a time, paint it, let it dry and reinstall it, or you can remove all the shutters and work on them simultaneously. The first approach is neater, but much more time-consuming. Therefore, it is recommended that you follow the second alternative. For it to be successful, however, you will have to organize your work space, providing a specific area for each of the procedures involved (cleaning, scraping, priming, painting, and drying). Moreover, you will have to mark each shutter, as to the particular window where it belongs, so that you do not reinstall it in the wrong window.

 Step 3–Clean the Shutters

Make a mild solution of soap and water, dip a clean soft brush in it and scrub each of the shutters. Then rinse them with a hose and leave them to dry. At this stage, you can do any repair-work the shutters may need: filling in cracks, fixing broken blades, etc.

Step 4–Remove Any Old Paint

Once the shutters have dried, take a metal scraper and remove the old paint left on them. Try to use the scraper as lightly as possible, so that you do not damage the wood. After the scraping, sand the shutters with rough sandpaper to clean the remaining paint.

Step 5–Apply the Primer

Cover any areas of exposed wood with a layer of outdoor primer. If there is already oil paint on the shutters, continue using oil paint. If the shutters have a coating of acrylic paint, you can apply either acrylic or oil paint.

Step 6–Painting  

Place a shutter on a pair of saw horses. Apply a coat of glossy or semi-glossy paint, turning the shutter over from time to time to avoid drip marks. When you are finished, let the shutter dry in a well-ventilated place and proceed with the next one.

Step 7–Replacement

After the shutters have been painted and dried, put them back on their respective windows.

Repeat the above steps every other year, and you will not only preserve the vivid color of your shutters, but also provide them with a reliable protection against the elements.