Painting Vinyl Shutters


COPYRIGHT 1999 G.G. ALONZY

Dear NH,
I have vinyl shutters and they're terribly faded. They're the "louver" style. Can they be repainted? If so, what type of paint should be used?
MB

Dear MB,
Yes, you can repaint them. First, wash them thoroughly with a detergent that contains a bleach or acid-based mildew killer to remove all traces of both dirt and mildew. There are various premixed products available at your local hardware store that will do the job, or you can use TSP and add bleach to it. Allow the shutters to dry and then lightly sand them with a 120 grit sandpaper to slightly rough up the surface for better paint adhesion.

My choice would be to use an exterior latex paint for your finish coat. Applying a latex primer is not absolutely necessary but it is a nice security blanket and will undoubtedly help the finish paint to stick even better. Generally, primers are used to even up the absorption of the finish coat by sealing the surface. Since vinyl is not porous this "prime"ary function of the primer is not needed. However, it should be noted that one other quality of primers is that they are cling more tenaciously to surfaces than finish paints. So if you don't mind the extra work, priming first is not a bad idea.

Two other things... it can be helpful to tint the primer to match the finish paint, especially if you are making a significant color change. Also, have the paint store add a package of exterior-grade mildewcide to the finish paint. Unfortunately, most modern paints and stains do not resist mildew very well "out of the can".

Be careful with your cleaning methods if you plan on painting the shutters while on the house! The cleaning process can leave streaks on the siding from the cleaning product runoff. Your choices are to take the shutters down, clean the entire house or get the siding very wet before using the cleaner so that there is less likelihood of drip marks.
NH


Have a small home repair question for THE NATURAL HANDYMAN? Just click on this URL www.naturalhandyman.com/aitikia/aitikia.htm. For more home repair information, visit his growing index of original home repair articles and quality links at THE NATURAL HANDYMAN... www.naturalhandyman.com .

Get a monthly home repair wake-up call with the free Natural Handyman Newsletter! Tips, hints, links, and surprises, delivered right to your Emailbox. To subscribe today, click on the following url, or cut-and-paste it into your browser www.naturalhandyman.com/newsltr/newsltr.htm

If this information has been valuable to you, please consider making a small donation to us to support many our free services to the home repair community! For more information, please visit our "Pay as You Exit " page at: www.naturalhandyman.com/paye

The Natural Handyman Site Directory
Home Repair Articles www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/iip.htm
Home Repair Links Library www.naturalhandyman.com/links/hrps.htm
Bookshop www.naturalhandyman.com/bookshop/bookfr.htm
NEW!! Find A HANDYMAN www.naturalhandyman.net

Please read the important copyright and disclaimer information is located at www.naturalhandyman.com/copyright/cr.htm.
Stay Connected with TDS





Subscribe to TDS Newsletters

Join over 250,000 other subscribers!

Join Fido!

Discounted movie tickets
Sign up for Savvy Savings at TDS and get a free membership for discounted movie tickets!

Your Email:


The Dollar Stretcher
Dollar Stretcher Parents
Dollar Stretcher Tips
Surviving Tough Times
Financial Independence
The Computer Lady
Computer Lady Lessons
Healthy Foods

Your Email:


View the TDS Privacy Policy.