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Can I Paint My Vinyl Shutters?

A lot of us here in Connecticut have homes adorned with shutters. This is a beautiful, classic look, but it definitely loses some charm when the shutters are faded, or when the paint is chipped.  Many older homes have wooden shutters that need to be repainted every 5 to 10 years. However, a lot of more modern homes will be equipped with vinyl shutters, which are designed to maintain their strength and colors through decades. 

Even vinyl shutters will eventually need to be repainted, though. They will get faded and weather-stained over time, and even before that, you may get tired of the color. So, when that time comes, is it possible to repaint vinyl shutters?

Yes, vinyl shutters can be repainted, and they can look very nice. However, there are a few simple steps that you need to follow carefully.


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Steps to Success – How to Paint Your Vinyl Shutters

The first step when you want to paint your vinyl shutters is to remove them from your house, if you can. This will make it very easy for you to avoid getting paint on your house, so it will eliminate a lot of taping and tarping. Also, all your vinyl shutters can be laid out in one place, making painting a lot easier and more efficient.

Whether or not you remove your shutters, cleaning them is a crucial step! Use a mild detergent, a scrub brush, and some warm water. If there is mold or mildew growing anywhere on any of the vinyl shutters, you can add some white vinegar to the mixture to kill it. Once the shutters are thoroughly cleaned, allow them to dry completely.

Exterior acrylic-latex paints work very well to paint vinyl shutters, so you can probably just skip the primer. If you choose to use primer, it may make your paint last a little longer, and it might be worth it since primer is cheap and easy to apply. However, it is up to you!

Once the vinyl shutters are dry, (and maybe primed), they are all ready for you to paint. You will not be using very much paint, (unless you have a whole lot of shutters, or they’re exceptionally large), so go ahead and get high-quality paint. It will be worth it; your shutters will look much brighter and prettier for a lot longer!

While you paint your vinyl shutters, watch out for drips and runs! The slats on your shutters are the perfect place for paint to pool out of sight, then run or drip across the surface, leaving unsightly marks. To avoid this, go back over the shutters to touch up any drips or splashes, before the paint is dry.  

Finally, when you paint, remember to keep your brush strokes going in the direction of the imprinted wood grain on each area.

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Southington Painting has been serving the Connecticut area since 1979; we might have been here before your shutters! We offer exterior painting for shutters, front doors, siding, decks, and just about any kind of surface you could paint, not to mention our interior house painting services! Please feel free to call us if you have questions, or you can schedule a free estimate online. We look forward to hearing from you!  

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