Can plastic shutters be spray painted and are there other methods?

Nellie White
by Nellie White
On the outside of the windows (shutters that are vinyl) what are the best methods to change or refresh the color other than spray paint because of the hot NC summers they tend to fade. HELP!
  11 answers
  • William William on Sep 22, 2016
    Only solution is to spray paint with paint made for plastic. Rustoleum or Krylon.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 22, 2016
    Once again William beat me to it.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 22, 2016
    Hello neighbor, I'm right next door in Broadway! I agree with William.

    • FRED RIGGS FRED RIGGS on Sep 23, 2016
      A light coat of clear will not stop the fading. It is the light, and the UV rays will go through it. The only clear you could use would be Polyurethane. That doesn't work outside. It will not flex, but crack and peel. Brush on with latex after cleaning and stop there. No polyurethane will hold on latex paint. You are covering latex with oil. Not compatible with each other. Check with the paint store.

  • Morag Stafford Morag Stafford on Sep 23, 2016
    make sure your shutters are nice and clean then paint with a regular paint suitable for outdoors - use brush or spray - I have done both and had good results which last for years!

  • Nellie White Nellie White on Sep 23, 2016
    What type of brush on paint is recommended I have used the krylon spray paint that lasts for one year then the extreme Carolina heat fades them again, seem to need a heavier paint

  • Nellie White Nellie White on Sep 23, 2016
    Did not see William's realey

  • Nellie White Nellie White on Sep 23, 2016
    Have not seen William's answer,hope I didn't delete, Help William

  • Micky Micky on Sep 23, 2016
    I used exterior latex from Sh. Wms... has been on 5 yrs and looks as good as the day I did them. I have seen other spray them... not holding up so well in my opinion. I used a brush. Took a long time for 2 coats on 20 shutters, but worth it.

  • FRED RIGGS FRED RIGGS on Sep 23, 2016
    It is not the heat that fades them, it is the sunshine. Mine were yellow for a long time and faded. Shutters are plastic. I cleaned them with my pressure washer, let them dry and used a latex paint, a different yellow and brushed the paint on. Just wanted a change in the yellow. There is no way of stopping the fade unless you cover them with black plastic. The UV rays will fade anything, including car paint color. Get a good latex of your color choice, wash and dry them, and a good "Purdy" brush, 1-1/2". Paint edges first, then the flat part of the top, then the slats. That way you won't get into your own paint job. Take your time and enjoy the new color you pick. I forgot to mention that it depends on what color you used. If it was very light, it may not fade as bad as if it is a dark color, like dark green, black or deep blue. If you have white, or light tan or some light color, it won't fade as bad or as quickly.

  • Linn Prey Linn Prey on Sep 23, 2016
    I have vinyl shutters that are facing south on my home. I took them all down and painted them with the new plastic spray paint from Krylon about 10 years ago. They are holding up just fine. I used the same color - Burgandy - and did two coats and let dry then put them on the house.

  • Peggy Condra Peggy Condra on Sep 23, 2016
    I sprayed mine sever years ago with the new rustolium paint for plastic , worked great and still looks great .......good luck !