How to paint shutters

Painting Shutters

Looking to improve your homes look? Paint the shutters! Are they faded or have you grown tired of the color? Refreshing the paint can improve your home's overall curb appeal. It gives an updated look without having to paint the entire house. Save the house-painting project for another time. Get the shutters painted and make them look great.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

Drop Cloth



Replacement boards

Wagner PaintEater or wire brush


Safety glasses

Pressure Washer/garden hose



Touch-up brush

Extension cord


Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the painting process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come.

Step 1 - Remove

Remove the shutters from the house and remove the old hardware to be clean or replaced.

Step 2 - Surface Prep

Sand down any spots that have peeling paint. The Wagner PaintEater is a powerful tool that makes paint removal fast and easy. Or you can use a sanding block or wire brush to remove the flaking paint.

Step 3 - Pressure Wash

Clean the shutters with water from the hose or a pressure washer. Clean the shutters with soap and perhaps a scrub brush. Let the shutters completely dry before priming or painting.

Step 4 - Set Up

Move the shutters to your work area. Setting up saw-horses, workshop or table will work well.


Now that you've completed the paint prep work, you're ready to begin painting.

Step 1 - Select Paint

Select high-quality paint improves coverage and provides good protection and durability.

Step 2 - Spraying

Select the right sprayer first, then start spraying at the top of the shutter and work your way down. Angle the sprayer into the slants of the shutter. Spray evenly and work to the bottom.

Step 3 - Cover Both Sides

Move to the next shutter and complete all the shutters, once they are dry enough to move, turn the shutters on the other side. It is important to cover all sides of the shutters to protect them from excessive wear from the elements.

Step 4 - Drying

Let the shutters dry completely before adding a second coat. Replace or add new hardware, and hang your freshly painted shutters.

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