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Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Grant Barnard


How To Paint Plastic Shutters – Without Removing Them

Painting your exterior plastic or vinyl shutters is one of the best ways to spruce up the outside of your home. Painting shutters is not as difficult as you might think. In this article we will show you exactly how to make them look perfect. Also please watch our YouTube Video below for a demonstration. If you are in the Indianapolis area, Grants Painting can perform this exterior service for you. 

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Titanium dioxide is used in shutters to keep them from fading. In recent years as titanium dioxide has become very expensive and therefore the longevity of of shutters has fallen dramatically.

Painting Vinyl Shutters – Simple Steps

The most important thing is to make sure that you are painting any vinyl a lighter color than the original color.

How To Clean The Oxidation From The Vinyl Shutters

Cleaning the oxidized chalking paint off the shutters is critical. The easiest way is to power wash the shutters is while they are still on the house.  They can also be cleaned with a stiff brush. Either way, the best cleaner is TSP.

Decide Whether The Shutters Need A Primer

Vinyl shutters will usually require a primer. If the vinyl is pitted and very rough after cleaned, it will not need a primer. A high quality acrylic exterior paint will do the trick every time. Seal Grip Universal Acrylic Primer is our choice if  a primer is needed. You can also read Types Of Primers too.

What Is The Best Paint To Use On Vinyl Shutters

We always use PPG Acri Shield to paint shutters whether or not a primer is used. Usually you will want to choose a satin, semi gloss or full gloss.

How To Brush Paint Shutters While On The House

Painting shutters is not a complicated process. We will list the order that you should follow for future reference. However we strongly urge you to watch our YouTube video for a better representation of this process.

      1. Paint the edge of the shutter that is closest to you.
      2. Continue around the 90 degree and paint the face of the edge.
      3. Paint the small areas to the edges of the louvers. Be sure not to use too much paint.
      4. Smooth out the face of the edge where you might have overlapped some paint.
      5. Finish painting the shutter louvers. Use a small amount of paint to prevent drips. The final strokes should be from the edge to the center, overlapping.
      6. Move the ladder to the top of the window and paint the inside edge of the shutter down about 1.5 ft. Then move the ladder underneath the window and paint the rest of the edge. Of course you will want to take care of both shutters at the same time to minimize the amount of times that you reposition the ladder.

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About the Author

Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.

  • Joe

    How many gallons will I need to spray 22 shutters

    • Depends on the color change and paint but Id say two to three at most.

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