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What are some tips to paint shutters?

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Some tips to paint shutters include removing the shutters from their location, sanding and cleaning them, and applying primer before painting. Choose the paint type and color depending on the shutter material and location. In addition, paint the slats first using light coats, work from the shutter's top to its bottom using a brush or a sprayer, and apply two coats of paint.

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Removing the shutters before painting makes cleaning and sanding them easier. It also permits painting on all sides of the shutters. After removing the shutters, mark them so they can be replaced in the same location.

To clean the shutters, spray water and use trisodium phosphate to take out grime. Sanding removes rough areas and paint that is peeling and patches imperfections on the shutters. After sanding the shutters, wipe or rinse them, and allow them to air-dry before painting.

Use latex paint for wooden shutters, acrylic or latex paint for vinyl shutters, and paints meant for metal surfaces for aluminum shutters. Use interior and exterior paints depending on the shutters' location. For plastic and vinyl shutters, use light shades of paint.

Apply primer to improve coverage before painting if the shutters have been repaired or if the color is being changed. Choose the primer based on the shutters' location.

Paint using a sprayer if the shutters have movable parts. Alternatively, apply light and quick paint coats using a synthetic brush to prevent the paint from running and dripping. Use a dry brush to smooth any rough paint spots.

When painting, work on the slats first, and then paint the edges. Allow the paint on one side to dry fully before applying paint on the other side. Apply the second paint coat after the first coat has completely dried.

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