How to paint vinyl shutters HOUSE FLIPPING

When I bought Flip 5, both the windows and the shutters were rust red in color – and I hated it. But now that the windows were replaced, the red shutters had to go! I wasn’t on budget to buy new shutters (they’re shockingly not that cheap!), So I had to work with the existing red shutters – but I gave them a new look, so I decided to go for it colour the vinyl shutters. Painting shutters can be a simple and inexpensive way to improve the appeal of your curb!

How to paint vinyl shutters

how to paint vinyl shutters

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Step 1: Clean the shutters thoroughly

Cleaning vinyl shutters

Cleaning is an important step not to be missed, as most shutters, like mine, have multiple slots where dirt collects. I sprayed 409 on the cap and then used an old dishwasher to clean it. Then I rinsed the shutters with a hose and let them dry in the sun.

Step 2: use the right color

Not every color is enough. It is important to use a paint that is designed for outdoor use and is robust enough to withstand the elements. I had some leftover paint from the garage door project and it is absolutely the best paint you can use for this project!

PPG breakthrough color

Step 3: Use a Wagner FLEXiO 3000 paint sprayer

This is not a project for which you want to use a roller or brush. The key to a smooth, streakless finish is using a paint sprayer. However, it is also helpful to reach all the gaps in my special closure style. I used that wagner FLEXiO 3000 because it has an adjustable spray pattern and contains a lot of paint to paint multiple shutters at the same time!

Wagner Flexio 3000 paint sprayer

I painted a total of 3 layers on each clasp. I let them dry in the sun between each coat. The PPG breakthrough dries pretty quickly. I wasn’t worried about painting the back of the shutters as no one will see them (I like rotten shortcuts!). After they sat outside and felt completely dry, I brought them in and let them harden for a few days.

Step 4: install the roller shutters

After the shutters had hardened, I hung up the shutters again! I used the same outside screws to install the shutters. It was such a quick and easy process! I used a hand screwdriver instead of a drill as I always tend to slip with the drill and I didn’t want it to scratch the shutters.

hanging vinyl shutters

Step 5: touch up paint on screws

I reused the old screws and some had red screw heads and others were rusty and I didn’t want them to be noticed on the shutters. My tip for touching up the screws is to put some paint on a Q tip and dab them on the ends of the screws.

hanging vinyl shutters with screws

After many projects, including the revision of the garage door, the appeal of the curb at Flip 5 is finally improving! I had a vision for a modern black and white house and slowly but surely it is getting there. From rust red to modern black, I love how the magic of color can transform everything – even the appeal of the curb!


Updating the existing shutters was a very budget-friendly project (free!) That had a huge impact! This quick and affordable DIY project is an easy way for any homeowner to change the look of their home!

Flip 5 AFTER


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