Painting Shutters with Spray Paint: A Step-by-Step Guide

calander Jan 30 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting

Are you considering giving your shutters a makeover? Painting your shutters with spray paint can be an easy and cost-effective way to update the look of your home, but it's important to do it right. We'll go over how to prepare the shutters for painting, apply the new coat of color correctly, and maintain them so that they stay looking great. So if you're ready to spruce up those old window treatments, let's get started.

Table of Contents:

  • Preparing the Shutters for Painting
    • Cleaning the Shutters:

    • Sanding the Shutters:

  • Spraying Paint on the Shutters

  • Maintaining Your Painted Shutters
    • Regular Cleaning and Maintenance Tips:

  • Conclusion

Preparing the Shutters for Painting

Cleaning the Shutters:

Before you can begin painting your shutters, it’s important to give them a thorough cleaning. This will help ensure that the paint adheres properly and really lasts. Start by wiping down each shutter with a damp cloth or sponge, removing any dirt or debris. If there are any stubborn spots, use an all-purpose cleaner and scrub gently until they’re gone. Once you’ve finished cleaning, make sure to dry off each shutter completely before moving on to the next step.

Sanding the Shutters:

After you’ve cleaned your shutters, it’s time to sand them down so that the primer and paint will adhere better. Use a medium grit sandpaper and lightly sand each shutter in circular motions until they have an even finish throughout. Make sure not to press too hard when sanding as this could damage the wood. Once you've finished, wipe away any dust with a clean cloth before applying primer.

Key Takeaway: Before painting shutters, it's important to clean and sand them: - Wipe down with a damp clothsponge - Use all-purpose cleaner for stubborn spots - Sand with medium grit sandpaper in circular motions

Spraying Paint on the Shutters

Spraying paint on the shutters is an important step in achieving a professional finish. Choosing the right paint and equipment for the job is essential, as it will determine how evenly and smoothly your paint goes on. The type of sprayer you use can also make a big difference in the quality of your finished product. When selecting a sprayer, look for one that offers adjustable pressure settings so you can control how much coverage you get with each coat.

Applying even coats of paint requires practice and patience to achieve optimal results. Start by spraying at least 6-8 inches away from the surface and moving slowly across it in overlapping strokes until all areas are covered. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying additional coats if needed or adding any finishing touches such as stencils or trim pieces. It’s best to wait 24 hours between coats for maximum adhesion and durability of your painted shutters.

Key Takeaway: Spraying paint on shutters requires the right equipment and patience to achieve a professional finish. Look for a sprayer with adjustable pressure settings, apply even coats 6-8 inches away from the surface in overlapping strokes, and allow each coat to dry completely before adding additional coats or finishing touches.

Maintaining Your Painted Shutters

Maintaining your painted shutters is an important part of keeping them looking their best. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help to prevent any issues from arising over time, as well as prolong their life. Here are some tips on how to keep your painted shutters in top condition:

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance Tips:

To keep your shutters looking great, it’s important to clean them regularly with a mild detergent or soap solution. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbing too hard, as this could damage the paint job. You should also inspect the shutters for any signs of wear or damage every few months and make repairs if necessary.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Painted Shutters

If you notice any cracking, peeling, fading, or chipping of the paint, it may be time for a touch-up job. This will help to restore their original look and protect them from further damage due to weathering or other factors. It’s also important to check that all hardware is secure so that there are no gaps between the shutter panels which could let in moisture and cause rot over time.

If you decide that it's time for a full re-paint, make sure to use high quality paints specifically designed for outdoor use (at Nash Painting, we love Sherwin-Williams paint products).

Key Takeaway: To maintain painted shutters and keep them looking their best, regular cleaning and inspection is important. Additionally, touch-ups or re-painting with high quality outdoor paints should be done to prevent cracking, peeling, fading or chipping.


Painting shutters with spray paint is a great way to give your home an updated look. With the right preparation and technique, you can achieve beautiful results that will last for years. Make sure to take the time to properly prepare your shutters before painting them and use quality materials so that you get a professional-looking finish. If done correctly, painting shutters with spray paint can be a fun and rewarding project.