What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.For your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.