Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary divide between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into 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 paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.