How to Resurface Existing Storm Shutters How to Resurface Existing Storm Shutters
Resurfacing storm shutters is a pretty simple task to do. Many times, especially if you are moving to a new home, you will find storm shutters that are in great condition and sturdy still, but are just not up to par as far as design goes. If this is the case for you, there are many different things that you can do with the shutters to clean them up. Staining them is one way to strip them down, clean them off and then show them off in a clean and classic way on your home. If you are planning this project for your home, here are a few materials that you will need, along with some steps to help guide you through the process.
Step 1 - Remove Shutters and Clean Off
Use a drill to remove the shutters from the window so that you can work on them. Make sure that you are saving all of the screws or hardware that you are taking off so that you can put them back together when you are finished. Once you get them down you need to wipe them off with a damp rag. You may or may not need to use a chemical stripper to get any grime or old pain off. If so, paint on the stripper and wait for the allotted amount of time and then scrape it away and wipe down again. Also, you can use sand paper to get any other grime off and smooth the shutters out.
Step 2 - Stain Shutters
One big resurfacing tool is to stain the shutters. To do this, paint the stain fully on the the surface. Allow it to dry completely and then add another coat. Let them sit for 24 to 48 hours. When choosing a stain for your shutters, you want to make sure that it is one that is going to withstand the elements as they are outside and exposed to the wind, rain, sun and even snow. You can find stains for the exterior of the home that is made just for this purpose. This way, when you are staining them, you aren't just giving them a fresh new look, you are also protecting them and allowing them to be out longer.
Step 3 - Reattach
Using the drill and screws from before you can rehang the shutters. Be careful not to damage any of the change you made on them.
Be sure that you continue to wash and clean the shutters as time goes on. You will want to clean them every week or two, as you would anything else in your home. Also, be sure that you keep the stain that you used on them, or that you know what you used. This way, you can use the same stain to update them in a few years as they should be done again just about every 3 to 5 years depending on the climate you live in.