What kind of paint should I use to paint exterior shutters with?

by Nikki
I have white shutters on my brick house< I want to paint them black. I have no idea how to take them down to paint them so I assume using a brush and paint will be best. But I have read that when painting shutters light to dark the paint won't last does anyone know if this is true? Can I even paint them is the biggest question and will it last if I do? Thank you

  11 answers
  • A A on Jul 19, 2017

    Wash and wire brush them before painting. Use a good primer and exterior paint.

  • Jason Walker Jason Walker on Jul 19, 2017

    exterior paint sherwin Williams.

    • Nikki Nikki on Jul 19, 2017

      Any exterior paint from Sherwin Williams? I was sold some of the valspar project perfect latex enamel yesterday they told me it was the 2nd best from the sherwin williams brand but the sherwin Williams only came in gallon size and I wouldn't need that much.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 19, 2017

    You must clean the shutters first,allow to dry,Use a outdoor paint for what the shutters are made out of.Use a sponge brush for even painting.Once the shutters are dry seal with an exterior clear sealer with a UV protectant.

    • Nikki Nikki on Jul 19, 2017

      i am not sure what to seal them with, I was sold the valspar project perfect paint which is latex enamel exterior/ interior paint and I know there are several things going around about using latex over oil and I'm not sure what these shutters were painted with before I moved here. And also what type of sealer I would use over this enamel based paint. I'm nervous and now wondering if I should hire a professional but I was hoping to save the money on this to put towards all of the other things I have found that need repaired here that I can not do myself 😥

  • Lyn15291588 Lyn15291588 on Jul 19, 2017

    After cleaning and prepping use outdoor rustoleum spray paint. I did my shutters 3 years ago the same way and the still look new.

    • Nikki Nikki on Jul 20, 2017

      I wanted to spray paint them it just seems it would last longer but I have no way of taking them down and putting them back up and I don't want to get paint on my brick or windows.

  • Claire Amirault Claire Amirault on Jul 19, 2017

    i would definitely try a good spray paint . Buy an inexpensive, large drop cloth, clean the shutters, then lay them on the ground and spray them according to directions on the can. Black will cover the white nicely, but you may need two coats. Good luck!

  • Nikki Nikki on Jul 19, 2017

    I'm curious , Did you go from light colored shutters to darker colored?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 19, 2017

    relax,what do you think the shutters are made of?

    • Nikki Nikki on Jul 20, 2017

      I believe they are aluminum I know they are some type of metal not vinyl, and they are white now I assume painted white or bought that way, they are in good condition I just liked the look of the black shutters. I'd hate to paint them and the paint not hold up.

  • Hip26628594 Hip26628594 on Jul 20, 2017

    Light color shutter

  • Hip26628594 Hip26628594 on Jul 20, 2017

    . If the shutters were originally a light color you do not want to go dark - it will cause your shutters to warp. I also work paint department at Lowe's. Dark to light is fine. Painting will hold up longer and not fade as fast as it would with spray paint. Valspar Duramax or Reserve is awesome.

    • Nikki Nikki on Jul 20, 2017

      My shutters are made of aluminum I believe they aren't wood or plastic/vinyl I'm not sure if that makes any difference or not, Also they are in great shape and are white I just wanted to paint them black for the look, but if its not gonna hold up I will just leave them white.

  • Claire Amirault Claire Amirault on Jul 20, 2017

    you need help with that project, as they are usually quite heavy. Maybe a local person looking for odd jobs. Do you have a vocational school in your area? Sometimes they have students who are looking for this type of job and will charge a minimal amount.Even your local hardware store may have employees who are looking for odd jobs.

  • Lyn15291588 Lyn15291588 on Jul 20, 2017

    There should be screws attaching to the brick somewhere.