How to Paint Vinyl Shutters

If your exterior vinyl shutters are starting look dingy, drab, and just plain ugly or if you just want to change the color, it might be the perfect time to learn how to paint vinyl shutters as well as the pros!

Nobody relishes the idea of installing or taking down shutters, but to give them the best paint job possible, it's best to take them down. Using good-quality soap, several different sizes of sponges, and a variety of scrub brushes, wash the shutters thoroughly. Do this paint job under a tree or some other shaded area to ensure a good bonding of the paint by not allowing it to dry too quickly like it would do in direct sunlight.

For the paint, you need to buy a type that combines resins of both acrylic and urethane. Don't go to Lowe's or Home Depot for this kind of paint; go to a paint store that specializes in all different kinds of paints and features national brands.

The urethane resin in the paint provides the most important characteristics. Urethane, an extremely sticky substance, makes an excellent bond to anything it touches. As an exterior paint for vinyl shutters, it makes an excellent product.

Your shutters may not be damaged or worn; you may just be wanting to change the color. This works fine as long as you don't attempt painting over a lighter-colored paint. Heat can build up from the darker color you're applying and cause the vinyl to shrink and then expand, culminating in a paint job that cracks, peels, splits, and looks bad in general. So feel free to change colors, just keep light colors with light colored shutters and dark-colored paint with original dark-colored shutters.

Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before installing the shutters back on the house. If you've not used regular exterior paint and followed all the above directions, you should be pleased as punch at the great job you done. Now it's time to give yourself a big pat on the back and gloat about all the money you've saved by doing it yourself.

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