Vinyl shutters are popular fixtures on many homes. They are durable and easy to maintain. After some time though, they can become dingy and dirty looking. If you want to update the look of your home, painting your shutters is a good place to start.
Clean the Shutters
The first thing you will want to do is clean the shutters well. If you paint over dirty shutters, the paint will not adhere as well. Cleaning your shutters is as easy as grabbing a large sponge, some scrub brushes, and a bucket of soapy water. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to clean your shutters.
Use the Right Type of Paint
Use exterior latex paint. It offers good results and durability. There are paints advertised specifically for exterior vinyl applications. But there’s usually no good reason to go the extra money for these.
TIP: Our painting consultant Edward Kimble, author of Interior House Painting Blog, adds, “I have never used this type of paint. I have used regular exterior latex paint for years, and the shutters I painted years ago still look great and there are no problems.”
Avoid Direct Sunlight
It’s best to paint vinyl in a shady area. Direct sunlight can alter the way the paint dries, and make it harder for you to see what kind of coverage you are getting. The paint is baked dry before you have time to apply the paint and make a finish stroke look with the brush.
Use the Proper Technique
Do not remove the shutters from the building. They will be mounted with screw anchors and these screw anchors are not reusable. A full size (9-inch) thin nap roller or a trim roller can be used for shutters at ground level, but shutters requiring a ladder have to be done with brush only, as you cannot take a roller pan up a ladder. Vinyl siding can be painted in the same way as vinyl shutters.
TIP: Edward reminds you, “Observe the shutters for a while before painting. Many exterior shutters will have bee or wasp nests behind them, and they will often sting when you are right where the insect’s nest is.”
Edward Kimble, professional painter and author of Interior House Painting Blog, contributed to this article.