Raised panel vinyl shutters are a perfect window treatment idea because they fuse functionality and aesthetics. These solid shutters work well for light and air control and are also ideal for storm protection. They also improve security, insulation and you can customize them to fit into any architectural design.

You can choose the panels in any color to blend into the existing décor. Many homeowners also go for bolder colors to make raised shutters the focal point of their exterior décor. The raised panels are also great if you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Vinyl has become increasingly popular in shutter construction because it’s affordable, lightweight nature, easy for installation and it requires low maintenance.

Proper Vinyl Shutters Care

When thinking of home improvement, most homeowners focus on interior décor. The exterior décor fittings and other fixtures such as shutters don’t get the deserved attention. It leads to fast deterioration which ruins your home’s curb appeal.

If your vinyl shutters have started deteriorating due to age or exposure to the elements, you can restore them by repainting. It is the easiest way to give your raised panel shutters a new lease of life. This guide highlights how you can give these shutters a makeover through repainting.

1. Consider The Type of Vinyl Shutters

The main vinyl shutters on the market are:

  • Polypropylene shutters: These are hard to repaint as ordinary paint doesn’t adhere well to the surface. For your old vinyl shutters, look for special vinyl primers such as Krylon Fusion and any exterior grade latex-based paint. This adheres well to plastic surfaces.
  • Polystyrene shutters: These vinyl shutters are easier to repaint and restore as they boast better paint adhesion. They are more common on the market today and you can use any exterior grade latex-based primer and paint on them.

2. Choose the Right Paint Color

Whether you want to paint new vinyl shutters or restore faded ones, you have to take time to choose the best paint to suit your décor. This is a home improvement project and you have to consider the rest of your home’s color. The last thing you want is to paint your shutters only to make them eyesores.

Think outside the box when choosing shutter colors and go for something that brings out the best from your exterior décor. Classic colors such as black and white remain popular but when repainting the shutters, you can let your imagination fly.

3. Get the Supplies Needed

For a vinyl shutters painting job, you need the following:

1> Step/extension ladder
2> 5-gallon bucket
3> Power drill
4> Airless sprayer
5> Black marker
6> Premium exterior paint
7> Primer

4. Remove the Shutters

Painting your vinyl shutters might look like a daunting task but that’s because it involves climbing a ladder with paint and brushes in tow. You can make life easier for yourself by removing the shutters carefully and working on them from the ground.

It is the most effective tip when painting raised panel vinyl shutters and it can save you a lot of time. Removing the shutters also protects you from injuries in case of a fall from the ladder. For this to work, you have to understand the installation procedure for your shutters to remove them properly.

5. Find the Best work Station

Once you remove the shutters, find a flat raised working table from where you can proceed with the cleaning. For the painting job, you should look for a place away from direct sunlight before, during, or immediately after painting. Hang the shutters in an upright position and make sure you can reach all the edges of the unit.

You should also choose a perfect day with temperatures ranging between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows the paint to dry quickly for the re-installation of the shutters.

6. Cleaning

Cleaning the shutters is the most important step when repainting vinyl shutters yet most people overlook it. If you want to restore the panels to their former glory, you have to remove all the dirt and grime on the surface and around the edges.

Thorough cleaning with water, a soft cloth and detergent ensures that no foreign materials are remaining on the shutters. Power washing is perfect for vinyl shutters as there is no risk of damage to the material. This removes any UV damaged vinyl pigments, wasp-spray residue, dirt from the shutters. You should, however, avoid any harsh detergent as this will affect the chemical composition of vinyl.

Dry the shutters for the paint to adhere properly to the vinyl surface.

7. Use A Primer

Scuff sanding is important before priming or painting. You will also need a primer is the vinyl surface has faded and deteriorated to a point where this damage is visible. A primer helps hide such damage and also prepare a base for the next coat of paint.

8. Painting

You can opt to paint with a brush or spray equipment. Spray paint saves you a lot of time and it is more convenient. You can buy an airless sprayer or rent one from a local paint shop. Spray the shutters thoroughly from front and back angles.

If you don't remove the shutters, an angled sash brush is more convenient to reach all the nooks of the shutter. Use at least three layers of paint lightly and adjust the panels in an opening position to reach all the edges.

Check for any missed areas and paint it before leaving the shutters to dry. Reinstall the shutters and wipe any collected dust with a dry cloth.

Wrapping Up

Painting your raised panel vinyl shutters will have an immediate impact on your home’s décor. It is the perfect way to give your home’s exterior facade a makeover. If you have noticed any discoloration or other problems with your shutters, it is time to plan for a paint job to restore these important fittings. It will improve your home’s curb appeal while also increasing the life of the vinyl shutters.