Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random grooves and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.