How To Paint Over Old Vinyl Shutters

Posted on: 11 April 2016

Over time, your vinyl shutters can begin to fade, making your house look a little unsightly or even unkempt. You can pay to have all of your shutters replaced with new ones, but if that is a little out of your budget, you can give them an update with some paint instead. You need to take the right steps when painting over vinyl shutters to keep the paint from peeling off. See below for instructions.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Outdoor latex enamel paint (in your paint color choice)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Liquid de-glosser
  • Garden hose
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Ladder
  • Cordless drill
  • Drop cloths


  1. Before you begin painting, you'll need to figure out which color to choose for your home. If you are planning on re-painting your shutters the same color, move to the next step. If you want to choose a new color, take a look around at other homes that are the same color as yours, or look on-line at different sites such as Pinterest to help you choose a new shutter color that will match your home.
  2. Once you have the paint color in mind, you can take your old shutters off. Using a ladder and your handy cordless drill, begin carefully taking off each shutter. You may want to mark them or lay them out in order somehow so you remember where they go on your house.
  3. Give your shutters a good cleaning using some dish soap in a bucket with water. Spray down your shutters and use the soft scrub brush to gently scrub away the dirt and grime. Once they are clean, allow them to dry completely.
  4. Using the liquid de-glosser and some rags, wipe the de-glosser on the shutters. The de-glosser will not only take off any of the shine that still remains on your shutters, it will help the new paint adhere to the shutters. 
  5. After you have applied the de-glosser to all of your shutters, you can begin painting the shutters with your new paint color.
  6. To paint the shutters, begin on the inner slats or the louvers and work your way to the outside of the shutters. The last part you should paint is the outer edges. Let the first coat dry, then add a second coating if need be.
  7. Let the paint on your shutters cure for a few days before hanging them up outside. If need be, bring the shutters inside to a covered area such as a garage, shed or basement. This way they can cure without any outside debris getting on them.

Paint is a great way to update your old, faded shutters. It is a big job, so be sure to take all of the necessary steps so you get the job done right the first time. Contact a business, such as The Blind and Drapery Corner, for more information.