Repairing Plastic Window Shutters

  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
Shutter locks
Soft cloths
Caulk gun
Exterior silicon caulk
Hair dryer
Popsicle stick
Damp sponge
Lacquer thinner
Liquid seam sealer
PVC cleaner
Spray paint for plastic

Plastic window shutters can help you redecorate the exterior of your home on a low budget. The shutters are made from plastic, which is available in various textures and colors. Although plastic shutters are durable and don’t rot, they can still suffer damage on occasion. In most cases, the damage is more apparent on the exterior surface due to exposure to the elements. Flying debris may create holes or scratches in the shutters. Rather than replace your shutters, use the guide below to repair and restore the fine appearance of your shutters.

Step 1 – Remove the Shutters

Place a step ladder close to the shutters to allow you to reach the top of the shutters easily. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that attach the shutters onto the wall. Some plastic shutters are attached with shutter locks. Use a chisel and hammer to cut through the plastic locks, and then detach the shutters.

Step 2 – Clean the Shutters

Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away dust and dirt from your shutters. This leaves you with a clean surface, which makes it easier to identify areas that need repair.

Step 3 – Repairing Holes

Place the shutters on a flat surface in a well ventilated place. Use a hair dryer to clean out fine debris from holes. Obtain silicon caulk that has a similar color to that of your shutters. Fill the holes with caulk. Use a popsicle stick to press the caulk firmly inside the hole. Do not apply too much caulk, as it will create a mess on the surface, making it harder for you to to clean up. Wipe away excess caulk with a damp sponge. Allow the caulk to dry for the required period.

Step 4 – Repairing Scratches

Place some lacquer thinner on a soft, clean cloth. Use the damp cloth to clean the scratch, as well as the area around it. Allow the area to air-dry. Carefully dispense a small amount of liquid seam sealer into the scratch. Allow the sealer to fill the scratch completely. Let the sealer dry as required. Usually, an overnight period is sufficient.

Step 5 – Clean the Shutters

Apply some PVC cleaner onto a soft cloth. Use the cloth to clean the surface of the repaired shutters. Let the shutters dry properly.

Step 6 – Paint the Shutters

Place the shutters in a flat position on a sawhorse. This will ensure that the paint doesn’t drip as you spray. If you’re able to obtain 2 sawhorses, you can paint both shutters concurrently. Spray the paint from side to side. Allow the stipulated time for the paint to dry properly. Keep the shutters in a shaded location.

Step 7 – Reattach the Shutters

Retrieve the screws removed in Step 1. Attach the shutters and secure the screws with your screwdriver. If you removed shutter locks in Step 1, you’ll need to install new locks before you can attach the shutters.

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