The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Shutters

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

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DON’T assume you can take down the shutters

They’re often anchored to the masonry, so removing them can be tricky — and rehanging them is even harder. 

DO pick the correct paint

Regular exterior latex is fine for wood shutters, but aluminum and vinyl shutters require a paint formulated for metal or plastic surfaces. 

DO apply paint with a brush

You could also use a paint sprayer (rent one for about $90 a day at a home improvement store). The sprayer takes some practice — do a trial run on scrap boards first — but produces a smooth, pro-quality finish. 

DON’T paint on a bright, sunny day 

Sun can cause the paint to blister. Your ideal weather conditions: cloudy with low humidity. 

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