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
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Step 1: Clean the shutters thoroughly
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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