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I bought my house 8 years ago. The shutters were cranberry colored at the time and relatively new, installed by the previous owners. They are now almost completely black, not from dirt, but from the opposite of fading. Can anything bring them back to their original cranberry color? There is nothing wrong with them and don't need to be replaced. TY.

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Posted 2013-05-27T01:29:27+0000  by slappysquirrel slappysquirrel

Welcome to our community SlappySquirrel!


I’m sorry that your shutters are faded and black.:smileysad: Have you thought about painting them? We sell quite a few paints that would work quite well for your shutters and they are available in many different colors.


Painting shutters is a great way to freshen them up without having to replace them. There are some things to consider when painting shutters.


1)      What are they made out of? Many shutters are vinyl, but they can also be wood.


2)      Were they painted previously? If you aren’t sure, analyze the shutters. If they were painted you may see a slight variant in color, brush strokes and/ or places where the paint has started to peel or crack.  


If your shutters are wood, it isn’t required that you use a primer, however, it is recommended. Since you will be painting red, which is a really difficult color to paint, you should consider priming with a grey primer. 


If your shutters are vinyl, you must use an exterior grade primer or use paint with a primer mixed in.  Vinyl is difficult to paint because it is nonporous. Our exterior paint and primer paints are super adhesive, and will stick to vinyl without a problem.  


The only way you can get away from using a primer or combo paint is if the shutters have been painted previously.  If the paint is in good shape, it wouldn’t be necessary to use a primer or combo paint. If it is still in good shape after 8 years, the person who painted them before did the necessary prep work and has saved you from having to do it this time around.  


Before you can paint, you will have to do some prep. Make sure they are clean from dirt and mildew. Sometimes people like to pressure wash them.  We also sell quite a few cleaners that don’t require a pressure washer and are very effective. It will be easiest if you remove the shutters and work on them on a horizontal surface.


Last, but not least, remove any and all peeling paint before continuing. If it is peeling now, it will make your new paint peel as well.


Let’s talk paint specifics! For painting shutters, any exterior grade paint will work.


Let’s first talk about basic, no primer mixed, in paint. Glidden and Behr both come in flat, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes and there are a wide variety of colors to choose from.  Either of these paints will be a good choice for your shutters if they have been painted before and the paint is in good shape.  Choosing one of these will be the most economical way to paint your shutters. Don’t forget, if you are painting vinyl and they haven’t been painted before, you will need to use a grey, exterior primer before you use this paint.


Now let’s discuss some paint and primer options. Behr has two different lines of exterior paint and primer paints: Behr Ultra and Behr Marquee.


Behr Ultra is dirt resistant, fade resistant, has excellent hide and is stain blocking. It is available in flat, satin and semi-gloss.


Behr Marquee has these same characteristics, but takes it even further. It has even better dirt resistance, fade resistance, hide and stain blocking. Additionally, Marquee also has early rain resistance, meaning it can rain 30 minutes after you paint and the paint will not be affected at all. This paint is also available in flat, satin and semi-gloss.


I hope this helps you with your shutters. Please let us know if we can help with anything else!


Christine  :smileyhappy:


Posted 2013-05-29T14:19:24+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL
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