Painted Exterior Shutters

The final, and perhaps the most crucial, step in the manufacturing process of wood, PVC and composite exterior shutters is painting. This operation can be completed in the factory before shipping or on-site after receipt of the panels. Proper finishing is critical to the ability of PVC, composite and wood exterior shutters to resist outdoor elements. A high quality paint finish shields the outside shutters from rain, sleet and snow as well as insects and flying debris.

Paint exterior shutters from primed wood or composite.

Factory Painted Exterior Shutters

Painted exterior shutters are covered with an ultra-durable, water-borne commercial-grade acrylic paint. The factory applied paint covers all surfaces in a satin finish. Composite and wood painted exterior shutters are sanded, primed, sanded, and sprayed with two top coats of high-quality exterior grade paint. Exterior PVC shutters are lightly sanded and sprayed with two coat of the same paint. Painted shutters generally require a few extra days to manufacture, but arrive ready to install.

Painted shutters are first primed (see below for details), then professionally sprayed with two coats of Benjamin Moore Corotech COMMAND. The paint is designed for excellent adhesion, resulting in a complete hard surface. This UV-resistant acrylic enamel is flexible to resist cracking or peeling and provides superior abrasion resistance. Uniform coverage ensures PVC, composite and wooden shutters remain attractive season after season. A touch-up paint jar is included with every order to conceal and protect blemishes or scratches inflicted during installation.

All of our exterior shutters are finished in a satin sheen. High gloss and semigloss sheens are too reflective for outside installations. Eggshell, low-luster and matte sheens result in a flat or dull presentation. Our equipment is properly and permanently balanced for application of a satin sheen and we do not deviate from those settings.

ShutterLand Standard Paint Colors

There are literally unlimited colors of exterior shutters from which to choose. The determination of which shutter color is best for your home can be a challenge. Black exterior shutters are easily the most popular. ShutterLand offers nine standard paint colors which satisfy the needs of most homeowners.

Select from nine standard paints matching popular Benjamin Moore colors:

Benjamin Moore
Standard Color

White (+$)
Charcoal Slate
Black Forest Green
Chrome Green
Hamilton Blue
Country Redwood
Cottage Red
Tudor Brown

Benjamin Moore
Color Code

HC-190 or 2132-10

Do not select the paint color based on the visual samples shown here. Obtain a Benjamin Moore color chart to make the final decision.

(+$) Standard White is $35 more per shutter than other standard colors. Additional labor and paint needed to apply light-based colors.

Custom Exterior Paint Colors

Custom paint colors are available if a more precise hue is required. Provide to us the paint manufacturer, color name, and color code to match. Or mail a physical sample at least 4″ x 4″ to:

PO Box 6926
Leawood, KS 66206

Our shop will then mix, match and prepare the custom paint. “Match” is defined as “nearly equal or similar to, approximate.”

A one-time amount of $200 is charged to match each custom color specified. Custom white or light-base colors may require an additional $35 per shutter. The additional amount is needed because light-based colors are more difficult to apply than darker colors, and will be presented for approval before an order is processed.

Primed Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters can be purchased primed. Benjamin Moore Aqua Lock Plus acrylic water-based universal primer / sealer is an excellent base coat for wood shutters. Benjamin Moore high performance oil primer / sealer is used for composite shutters. Both primers are sprayed for complete coverage to seal the porous raw surface, block stains and prevent bleed-through. The medium gray primed surface will need to be sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and wiped clear of dust before painting. The panels should then be fully covered by a quality latex exterior paint.

The paint manufacturer specifically instructs that PVC shutters not be primed in preparation for application of Benjamin Moore Corotech COMMAND.

Unfinished Exterior Shutters

ShutterLand composite and wood outdoor shutters can be ordered unfinished. Natural panels are kiln dried and arrive ready to lightly sand and prime or stain. Wood shutters with any composite components can not be stained. Composite shutters can be ordered unfinished, but it can be difficult for the prime coat to adhere. We recommend ordering pre-primed or fully painted composite shutters.

Unfinished – Paint Grade: Shutter constructed for the eventual application of paint. Composite and wood shutters should be primed prior to the application of paint. Select a high-quality primer manufactured by a trusted brand, formulated for exterior application. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for a compatible exterior paint. A combination paint/primer is not advised. Small divots or imperfections may be filled in the factory to create an even surface. Paint grade shutters are not suitable for staining.

Unfinished – Stain Grade: Lumber is selected for relatively uniform grain. Minor blemishes may be filled with stain-grade wood filler.

Unfinished shutters will arrive pre-sanded. However, some light touch-up sanding may be necessary before priming or staining. Finishing outdoor panels for protection from the elements is strongly recommended before installation.

If having a third party finish and install new house shutters, plan well in advance. Manufacturing of outside shutters time, which is posted on the page outlining production and shipping times. Transportation of the shipment takes a week on average. Order outdoor panels and hardware in plenty of time for on-site house painters or carpenters to finish and install. It is a good idea to have the product in hand before the contractor arrives because they often work on tight schedules.