How To Paint Vinyl Shutters
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How To Paint Vinyl Shutters

How to paint vinyl shutters properly, with a minimum of effort and cost.

The expenses associated with home maintenance can be staggering at times but a wise homeowner soon realizes how to cut corners, and a great way to save money is to paint vinyl shutters rather than replacing them. Over time, vinyl shutters have a tendency to discolor due to weather and ultraviolet rays, and the conventional wisdom incorrectly assumes that they cannot be repaired. While it is true that painting vinyl shutters with ordinary exterior paint will make them look better temporarily, in a short time the paint will begin to peel making them look worse than if they were left untouched. Luckily, paint manufacturers have advanced their technologies to meet the needs of specific applications, and painting vinyl shutters is one of them.

The best manner in which to paint vinyl shutters is to begin by removing them from the house. This makes the cleaning and painting processes go much faster, and helps the do-it-yourselfer save much physical contortion. After removing the vinyl shutters, the first step is to clean them thoroughly using soap and a soft bristled scrub brush. This is a very important step because if the vinyl shutters are not clean the paint will not adhere properly. After cleaning, let the vinyl shutters dry completely for 24 hours.

At any major home improvement store paint is sold that is a mixture of urethane and acrylic that is made especially for painting vinyl shutters. It is thicker than regular paint, and the urethane additive allows the paint to bond securely to the vinyl. The paint can be applied using a regular paintbrush, but a much smoother looking finish can be obtained by using a one-inch wide lamb's wool applicator.

Begin painting the vinyl shutters by applying paint to the baffles first, in a left to right motion, starting at the top of the shutter and working your way to the bottom. Next, paint the surrounding frame and turn the shutter around to check the back for paint runs. Paint all of the shutter's fronts and let then dry for at least 24 hours in a shaded location. After drying, repeat the process on the shutter's rear surfaces.

When finished painting the vinyl shutters, it is best to let them sit for 48 hours to harden properly before attempting to re-hang them on the home. This is simply because they will be handled a good bit while reattaching them. A good way to know when the vinyl shutters are ready is when they are no longer tacky to the touch.

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