Painting Wood Shutters
Few Tips on How to Paint Wood Shutters
By Mark J. Donovan
If you have a
home that has wood shutters, then you will most likely need to paint them
when painting your home. The best way to paint wood shutters is to remove
them from the house and paint them on the ground. In the end you will save
time and obtain a better finished product, than trying to paint them while
they are still fastened to the house.
Shutters Prior to Painting
Recently I had to
paint wood shutters. The first thing I did after taking them down was lay
them out on my driveway and clean them with a pressure washer.
I used a house
siding detergent and power washed all six sides of each wood shutter.
Painting Work Station
After allowing the
wood shutters to fully dry out, I then created a mini painting factory in my
garage. I first laid out drop clothes over the garage floor. I then placed two
large work horses in one bay of the garage for actually painting the wood
shutters. Finally I stretched out an old ladder in the other garage bay to lay
painted shutters on to dry.
Painting the Wood
It is important to
make sure when painting wood shutters to paint all 6 sides of the shutters to
prevent water from penetrating into the back of the non-exposed sides.
For paint, I used an
exterior water based paint that included an additive to prevent mildew. For a
paint brush, I used a 2.5” angular Purdy paint brush.
To actually paint
the shutters, I started out by first painting around the top and bottom
rails, followed by the divider rail and then the side stiles.
I then moved on to
painting the fixed louvers. I found it to be quicker to start at the top of the
shutter louvers and work downwards with the paint brush. I initially focused on
applying paint to the main surface area of all the louvers. I then went back and
inserted the paint brush in-between each space between adjacent louvers. This
way I was able to use some of the paint on the main surface area of each louver
to help supply paint to the corners of the specific louver and stile edges.
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I then applied
paint to the sides of the wood shutter and placed the shutter on my ladder
After painting all of
the wood shutters and allowing them to fully dry, I went back and painted the back
sides of the shutters in the same way.
Once I completed painting the house clapboards I re-hung the wood shutters. The
result was a much faster and more professional paint job. If I had left the
shutters on the house to paint, I would have certainly spent an inordinate
amount of time cutting around each shutter and inevitably doing a poor job.
Photos by Mark Donovan
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