What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are often more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.During your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.