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Painting vinyl shutters

We're wanting to add some curb appeal to the front of our house. We have white vinyl shutters next to our windows and are wanting to paint them black. I've seen a few sites say not to paint light to dark. Any opinions or suggestions?

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Posted 2011-09-09T00:49:46+0000  by LeslieJ LeslieJ



It is never a bad idea to give surfaces a scuff sanding to increase adhesion.


How long after painting did the paint scrape off?  Acrylic paints fully cure over a period of 3 or 4 weeks, during which time its adhesion increases. It shold be farely well adhered after 24 hours.  However, if adhesion continues to be a problem, you might consider using a premium dedicated primer such as Glidden's Gripper or Zinsser's 1-2-3. Have them grayed up to increase the likelyhood of good coverage by your blue finish coat.


Hope this has helped.

Posted 2013-08-24T06:51:57+0000  by ordjen

I saw that you recommend against dark shutters (due to heat retention).  I have a somewhat unique situation.  I'd really like to paint my shutters black.  I believe in my case it will not be an issue because of the following:


1. They are currently hunter green - a dark shade of green (well, faded but they were once hunter green lol)

2. This side of the house has a N/NE exposure so the sun is only shining on the house until about 10:30-11:00 AM. I actually have more of an algae problem because of this (this side gets such little sun that things don't dry very quickly).


Would you agree in this case black would not be an issue?



Posted 2013-09-04T13:06:01+0000  by fishacura




So long as you your shutters were already dark, you should not have problems. Also, most shutter mounting systems allow for a certain amount of expansion.

Posted 2013-09-04T16:23:08+0000  by ordjen
be sure to look at the back side of the shutters. Some vynil shutters are NOT PAINTABLE and will be imprinted on the shutter.
Posted 2013-09-24T21:29:54+0000  by Frank855

My vinyl shutters are also painted very dark green and I want them black, but do they still need a primer before repainting?

Posted 2013-10-19T13:56:38+0000  by bigmemz

Welcome to our community Bigmemz!


If your shutters are painted, not colored vinyl, they can be repainted without using a primer. If they are painted with a shiny finish, you will want to scuff them slightly, but other than that, you won't need to do anything else.


- Christine :)

Posted 2013-10-21T14:23:14+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL
Primer is definitely the key to your success LeslieJ,

Zinsser 123 is an excellent primer rated for vinyl, and galvanized metal and aluminum ... surfaces that are very difficult for paint adhere.

This primer is rated exterior, is water-based, and can be tinted to be similar to your new color.

Ask your local Paint Associate to show you the quart and gallon containers.

And go prepared to show them the color you intend to paint ... starting with tinted primer is like adding your first coat of color while priming.
Posted 2015-12-08T23:57:09+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
I don't care what anybody says, I'm painting my white vinyl shutters black.  My house is west facing so the shutters aren't in the direct sun all day (the snow on my driveway never melts - Ha!).  Wanting to sell my house and it's going to look better with black shutters.  Hope I can sell the house before the shutters warp and crack like the experts say they will.

Posted 2017-07-09T11:04:47+0000  by hatetopaint
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