Paint Types for Wood Shutters

You can paint wood shutters with many different types of paint. Before you select a paint, you must consider whether you are installing the shutters inside or outside and if they are primarily decorative or functional. You must also think about the climate in your area.

Interior Wood Shutters

If you are planning on installing your wooden shutters on the inside of your house, first consider the type of wear the shutters will receive. If you are putting them on a window and they won't be opened and closed a lot, a latex primer and a coat or two of latex paint will be enough to make them durable and washable.

If they are to cover cupboard doors or will be used often, you may want to use an oil based primer followed by a latex paint. Don't skip the primer as it is important in helping your paint to bond to the wood and to make them durable and washable. It will also help the paint resist bangs and hits. Always sand the shutters to remove all rough spots before priming.

Exterior Wood Shutters

If you are going to paint your exterior shutters, you will want to think durability and resistance to the elements. Sun, wind, rain and changing temperatures can cause a lot of problems with exterior paint on any surface. Since shutters can be difficult to paint, its not a job you want to redo often. Follow these steps to do it right the first time:

  1. Sand your shutters to remove any old rough paint or rough spots.
  2. Prime with an oil-based primer.
  3. Allow to dry.
  4. Apply at least 2 coats of a good oil-based paint
  5. Allow to dry at least 24 hours between coats.