Painting your vinyl shutters is a nice way to give them a new lease on life and raise your home’s curb appeal. You can paint the shutter yourself or have a professional replace or paint them in your desired color. The latter can cost over $2000, so most people usually choose the DIY route.
If you’re here, it means you have decided to do the work. The first step you must take in the right direction is to choose a paint product.
Spray paint work better than brush-on paint because it is easier to use and covers a larger area much faster. But finding the best spray paint for vinyl shutters can be a daunting task considering the huge number of brands out there.
In this post, we will look at 12 spray paints for making your shutters look decorative, functional, and more durable. Let’s delve straight in!
What Is Vinyl?
Vinyl is a synthetic resin or plastic heavily adopted in the construction industry. It consists of a material known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
In the construction industry, PVC is commonly used to make pipes and is a cheaper and more robust alternative to metal pipes.
Unlike metal pipes, PVC pipes are not subject to corrosion and other forms of deterioration that come with wildly varying temperatures. They dissipate heat and moisture and offer strong resilience to impact and abrasion.
It is for the same reason they are used to protect electrical wiring in home attics and underground.
Other common applications of PVC or vinyl are window framing, medicine, crafting, furniture making, home improvement, and automotive aesthetics.
Talking about home improvement, vinyl shutters are pretty common and are a nice way to add a finishing touch to a home’s exterior. But beyond cosmetics and looks, plastic shutters also provide protection from the elements and control light into a home.
They also add a level of security.
Vinyl shutters are typically cheap compared to other options like wood and metal. They are also easy to install and tend to last longer.
However, due to constant exposure to sunlight, vinyl has a tendency to fade. When this happens, you could replace the shutters with new ones or go the cheaper route by painting them.
But then, is it possible to paint your vinyl shutters without them warping or peeling off? Let’s answer that in the next section.
Can You Paint Vinyl Shutters With Spray Paint?
Yes, you can. Painting vinyl shutters is a nice way to restore faded and old-looking shutters and customize the look of your home. You can stick with the same color or use a bolder or more subtle accent.
But make sure it’s the right type of paint because not every spray paint will adhere to vinyl. The preferred type of paint to use on vinyl is one that sticks to plastic because vinyl is essentially processed plastic.
On the other hand, the wrong type of paint will peel or fade prematurely on vinyl.
As I said earlier, spray painting shutters is quite easy, and this is something most homeowners can tackle themselves. You can either use an aerosol can or a spray gun. Both produce a fine finish much quicker than brushwork can.
In this article, I will focus on aerosol cans because they are more accessible and easier to use, especially for beginners.
Different Types of Spray Paint for Use on Vinyl Shutters
There are many different spray paints for vinyl shutters, but the two best options are exterior latex and acrylic paints.
Like most plastics, vinyl typically expands and contracts. This means that any paint that must go on top cannot be too rigid; otherwise, it will crack, and the vinyl material under will be exposed.
This is why latex, acrylic, or a combination of the two are commonly used. These paints have good adhesion to vinyl and can adapt to structural changes in vinyl due to the weather. You can also use enamel spray paint but ensure it’s graded for use on vinyl and has the required rigidity-to-flexibility ratio.
Whatever option you choose, ensure it’s made for exterior use and has high UV resistance.
How To Spray Paint Vinyl Shutters
Painting vinyl shutters is fairly straightforward and only involves a few steps and supplies. Let’s go over each one:
What You Need
- Spray paint
- Screwdriver/power drill
- Putty knife
- Dish soap
Remove the Shutters
You can either paint the shutters in position or remove them to make things easier.
If you decide to remove the shutters, start by unscrewing them from their place. You can use a screwdriver or power drill. Put the screws in a small bag, so they don’t get lost.
Next, place a putty knife in between the shutter and wall and pry it away from the wall. This will get it loose; then, you can pull the shutter down. Do the same thing for each shutter.
Clean them Up
Chances are that all the shutters are filled with dirt, mold, and mildew. You want to clean them up before spray painting.
Use soapy water and a soft-bristle brush to wash each shutter and rinse with a hose. Allow them to dry completely before moving to the next step. You can wipe them with a clean microfiber cloth to speed up the drying process.
You can also add bleach to the soapy water to remove stubborn mildew stains.
Once the shutters dry, the next step is to apply a primer. This is highly recommended for shutters with severe deterioration, pitting, or weathering.
You can skip this step if you think the shutters are smooth enough. But priming will ensure the paint sticks better and prevent any peeling or chipping later on.
Use a brush to apply the primer. Most vinyl shutters have slats, so using a roller won’t be ideal. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and allow the primer to completely dry.
Spray paint the shutters
Once the primer dries, spray paint the shutters in your desired color. Ideally, you want spray paint that is easy to use and goes on smoothly.
Follow the grain of the vinyl as you spray the shutters. You can put back the screws in the holes and paint them together, or you can spray them separately. This will ensure they have the same color as the shutters.
Wait the recommended time before adding a second coat. I recommend applying 2/3 light coats for even coverage.
Allow them to cure fully
Once you’re done, allow the shutters to fully cure before putting them back in place. This can take up to 48 hours or more, depending on the product. Personally, I would allow the shutters to dry overnight.
Next, screw back the painted shutters onto the house or reinstall them using any other fasteners they came with. That’s it!
Follow the same procedure to paint plastic.
What Is The Best Spray Paint for Vinyl?
Best Overall: RUST-OLEUM Vinyl Spray paint
The Rust-Oleum Vinyl Spray Paint is designed to restore old, faded vinyl surfaces.
It restores color and adds gloss to the material, making it look new again. It does this without leaving any residue or affecting its pliability.
The product is made with actual vinyl paint resins, which makes it as flexible as the vinyl being painted. This increases its resistance to damage.
The any-angle spray allows you to spray in all directions, even upside down. This comes in handy when spraying items with a lot of details, as it will enable you to reach difficult areas.
The comfort tip comes with a wide finger pad to help minimize finger fatigue caused by continuous spraying.
The paint comes out smoothly and covers very well. Each can cover up to 7 square feet.
Be sure to clean the vinyl first before applying the paint.
For the best results, use two or three light coats. The paint dries to touch in 10 minutes, which is faster than most spray paints. It is durable within a few hours but takes at least 24 hours to cure.
The aerosol can is super easy to use. The instructions are easy to follow, even for beginners. Keep the spray 12 inches from the surface to avoid runs, and keep your hands moving.
The final product will appear shinier than expected, even though the label says “semi-gloss.” Notwithstanding, the coverage is good, and it cures in 24 hours. I advise waiting a few days before you set up the shutters. That will ensure the color is as permanent and durable as possible.
Overall, this spray paint is a big upgrade for the appearance of your vinyl shutters for very little money. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t clog. I can’t recommend it enough!
What We Liked 👍
- Great coverage
- Provides a permanent color to any vinyl surface
- Doesn’t scratch or chip easily
- Provides a smooth, shiny finish
- Comfortable spray tip
Sprays in all directions
What Could Improve 👎
- It has more gloss than “semi-gloss.”
It may require several cans for a large project
Best Adhesion: SEM PAINTS Satin Black Color Coat Aerosol
Whether you need to change the color of your car interior or restore the original look, SEM is the way to go.
This SEM spray is highly recommended for anyone looking for a matte finish close to factory black finishes on cars. It is great for interior auto restoration and just general interior recoloring projects. So, it works well on vinyl and other plastic as well as car and boat seats, carpets, velours, and dashboards.
As indicated earlier, SEM works perfectly, and the matte finish looks OEM.
It has a spray pattern similar to an automotive air paint gun – vertical and oval, not round like a regular rattle can. So, it may splatter a few droplets on a few occasions. However, it’s not something to be worried about as they disappear after drying.
Drying time is super quick and takes around 5 minutes. Within this time, you can handle the item without risk of fingerprints, though I recommend waiting the recommended time. In any case, using the spray will make your projects go very fast.
The outcome of your projects will come down to prep. You must follow the instructions to get the desired results.
You need to clean the surface before using the spray for vinyl and plastic. This can be done with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. I also advise using an adhesion promoter.
Apply 2/3 light coats of the spray (spaced 5-10 minutes apart) instead of one heavy coat. You can use more depending on how dull the substrate is. Please wait at least 24 hours for it to fully cure.
When done correctly (for your type of plastic), it will be nearly impossible to tell if the part has been sprayed.
It’s best to work at room temperature. Spraying paint in cold weather can mess up the finish.
As I said about the nozzle, it might “sputter” sometimes, requiring you to go over some areas repeatedly. As a result, it may take several coats to cover all the areas you missed.
What We Like 👍
- Perfect for auto interior restoration
- Dries quickly and forgiving with runs
- Dries smooth and even
- Long-lasting durability (no chipping with everyday use)
- Superior adhesion
Elastic coating (doesn’t crack)
What Could Improve 👎
Sputter might occur (nozzle design could be better)
Best for Exterior Vinyl Shutters: Krylon Fusion All-In-One Spray Paint
The Krylon Fusion is an all-in-one spray paint that comes with primer included. So, you don’t need a separate primer coat, saving you money and time.
The paint is all-purpose, so you can use it for different surfaces. It bonds to difficult materials without priming or sanding and delivers the best-in-class adhesion and durability.
You can use it on vinyl, metal, wood, plastic, PVC, tile, and more.
They can feature an easy-push big button tip for comfortable spraying. It also allows you to spray from any angle, even upside down.
The paint dries to the touch in just 20 minutes in moderate weather without any drips, runs, or errors. However, recoat time is within 2 hours or after 48 hours. Each aerosol can is 12oz and can cover up to 25 square feet.
For optimal results, start with a clean, dry surface. Spray back and forth, overlapping for even coverage. Apply 2 or 3 light coats and work in a well-ventilated space.
Once fully cured, the color is gorgeous and lays flat.
The paint comes in a wide range of colors, ranging from white to hot pink. I prefer the gloss purple color as it looks great on plastic surfaces and offers a modern, sleek finish. You might want to choose something simpler.
The paint is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and offers maximum rust protection.
Overall, the Krylon Fusion is a great way to restore, refresh or recolor vinyl shutters or any home improvement project. It is easy to use and sticks really well to vinyl, even with minimum prep. It might be a bit expensive, but it doesn’t disappoint.
What We Like 👍
- Ultimate bonding to difficult surfaces
- Big button spray tip
- Quick drying
- Suitable for interior and exterior surfaces
- Offers rust protection
Wide color selection
What Could Improve 👎
A bit expensive
The Dupli-Color High-performance spray is ideal for use on interior vehicle surfaces. It does an incredible job of adhering to vinyl and fabric. So, it is highly recommended for restoring or updating the color of your vinyl shutters.
It provides a perfect matte finish without compromising the grain of the vinyl material. Not too shiny and not too dull or flat – just the perfect sheen. Specifically, the flat black color helps to cover imperfections while maintaining the original texture and feel of the item.
Unlike similar products, the paint is suited for direct application. It’s formulated with a maximum adhesion promoter, eliminating the need for a separate coat of primer. In other words, the paint is self-priming, which saves you money and time. It is weatherproof enough and won’t peel, chip, or crack.
Another important highlight is how flexible it is. It has an ultra-elastic base that adapts with the surface to changes in the weather. This ensures it retains its adhesion and doesn’t crack or come apart.
The spray nozzle has a fan-like release, so you need to aim at the surface to maintain precision. A few users complained that it sputters a lot. But I think this can be avoided by shaking the can frequently and dabbing excess paint from the nozzle after a few sprays.
Apply multiple thin coats to build color, and allow each to dry completely before moving on.
Overall, Dupli-Color works exceptionally well as a base coat for vinyl shutters and auto interiors. For the price, it comes highly recommended. I suggest testing it on a small area before going all out.
What We Like 👍
- Resistant to water
- Self-priming formula (can be applied directly)
- Durable finish (doesn’t crack or chip)
- Affordable price
- High-quality finish
What Could Improve 👎
Smell is overpowering
The SEM Vinyl Coat is designed to restore or change the color of vinyl and plastic surfaces. All you need to get perfect results is to clean the vinyl, then layer on three thin coats of paint.
It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between this and real vinyl.
As the name suggests, the paint is bright, non-gloss white, making it perfect for white shutters or furniture. It is light enough to work into existing white colors and comes out crystal clear, so you won’t notice the difference.
It contains UV inhibitors, making it suitable for outdoor or marine use.
The instructions are pretty easy to follow. Ensure you prep the surface well enough before you start painting. Don’t spray too close to the surface or pass over the object very slowly, as that could lead to blotchy results.
When you apply moderate pressure, the paint comes out as a fine mist with no splatter. It lays down nicely and levels out well.
It takes only 2/3 light coats to get excellent coverage and a professional-looking matte finish.
The paint dries quickly and maintains the original vinyl texture without cracking or flaking.
As earlier indicated, the final results may vary depending on the condition of the substrate. So, spend time and money on properly preparing the substrate. If you do, I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Remember to shake the can frequently throughout the project.
What We Like 👍
- Fast-drying formula
- Completely flexible with no cracking or flaking
- Perfect for restoring faded vinyl
- Easy to use
- Adheres well
Goes on smoothly and leaves a gorgeous white finish
What Could Improve 👎
On the pricey side
Only suitable for vinyl
If you’re looking for something to block out nasty stains and patches on your vinyl shutters, then you will not go wrong with this VHT Vinyl Dye. The product is designed to remove tough stains on vinyl while transforming the look and color. It covers evenly and really does “dye” the material.
Like the options I’ve mentioned, this one holds up exceptionally well, even in the worst weather conditions. So, it’s perfect for exterior vinyl roofs or shutters.
In terms of usage, the aerosol can sprays easily with excellent adhesion. Note that it’s not a paint in the real sense but a “dye” in an aerosol can. Make sure to follow the directions on the label to apply it correctly.
You may need to apply three or more coats to get even coverage depending on how old or weathered your shutters are.
The good thing about the spray is that it soaks into any surface you apply it to instead of flaking off like most paints.
The drying time is 30 minutes. You can add another coat after this time. After the final coat, allow it to dry thoroughly overnight or for a day.
The dye dries to a beautiful satin black that can take much abuse and retain its color. It’s also available in a gloss finish.
It’s worth mentioning that the fumes from the dye is strong. In fact, it can take days to dissipate if you use it in an area that is not well-ventilated. So, it’s best to use it in an outdoor location. You will also need a respirator and gloves.
What We Like 👍
- Permanent when dry
- Perfect for vinyl surfaces and leather
- Provides a tight seal
- Easy to spray
- Available in different colors and finishes
Leaves a gorgeous gloss finish
What Could Improve 👎
- Takes a few cans
You may find the ColorBond LVP Refinisher a bit pricier than many regular spray paints, but that is only because of its superior quality and durability. It’s commonly used to customize or refurbish auto interiors but can also be used for home improvement projects.
It adheres to leather, vinyl, and hard plastic. So it’s perfect for your shutters.
One of the main highlights is that it’s easy to use. While some brands require you to prime the surface and sand between coats, ColorBond is by far quicker and easier to use. It doesn’t require a separate coat of primer; all it needs is a clean substrate, to begin with.
The coverage may vary depending on your chosen color and material, but it’s estimated to deliver up to 4.5 square feet per can. So, you will likely need several cans for your vinyl shutters.
The paint goes on smoothly and performs best when you use multiple light coats. Drying time between coats is 10-15 minutes, but I will give it a full day to fully cure. For the best results, keep working temperatures between 65 to 70 degrees.
Once dry, the paint is durable and performs in the harshest climate. No need for a clear coat unless you really need to. It is effective as it is, and the results look OEM and professional.
Just make sure you do good prep work; otherwise, you may have to deal with peeling paint.
Overall, this is a nice spray if the surface you want to paint is already smooth. If the shutters have scratches, bumps, or other flaws, this is probably not the right paint to use. Or else, fix the scratches and imperfections before using the paint.
What We Like 👍
- Doesn’t require a primer or a clear coat
- Easy to use
- Highly durable
- Provides a smooth and uniform finish
- Dries in 10 minutes
Delivers a professional OEM finish
What Could Improve 👎
- It has a strong smell
It doesn’t cover blemishes
Regular oil paints don’t usually work well for vinyl, but that is not the case with this Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface Spray Paint. As the name suggests, it works for nearly all surfaces, including plastic and vinyl. So, it’s a great option for your shutters.
It also works on wood, metal, wicker, concrete, and fiberglass.
The reason why it adheres well to vinyl is because it comes with a primer included. In addition, it provides excellent coverage and a long-lasting finish that prevents rust and resists chipping and fading.
This particular option provides a satin finish with a low-sheen look. There are other finishes with different levels of sheen.
I found the spray very easy to use, even for someone that hasn’t painted before. A comfort-grip tripper on the tip helps to eliminate finger fatigue, while the any-angle spray allows you to spray in all directions, even upside down.
The fluid comes out smoothly, and with good practice, you should be able to avoid bubbles, streaks drips, and other spray paint-related issues.
For the best results, use multiple light coats and keep the can 12 inches from the surface. If you get complete coverage after just one layer, it means you’re using too much.
The paint dries to touch in 30 minutes, but I recommend waiting a few more hours before applying a second coat. This is important if you really want it to look perfect.
After the last coat, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Altogether, be prepared to spend a few days on the project.
For vinyl shutters, you can apply 1-2 coats of clear lacquer after it dries. This will significantly enhance durability.
Each aerosol can covers up to 15 square feet and is available in a wide selection of colors and finishes.
My main complaint about the spray is that it has a strong smell. Don’t attempt to use it inside your home, or you could fall ill fast, especially if you don’t wear a respirator. It’s best to stay in an open space (i.e., outside the home).
Overall, this product is highly recommended for restoring or changing the color of your vinyl shutters. It contains a primer and provides a durable finish.
Remember to shake the can a lot while using it.
What We Like 👍
- Superior coverage and durability
- Dries fast
- Prevents rust and corrosion
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- Fanned spray ensures even coats
Available in a variety of colors and finishes
What Could Improve 👎
Has a strong odor
Tips and Tricks For Spraying Vinyl shutters
Here are some helpful tips and tricks you can apply when spraying vinyl shutters.
Make quick, even, and uninterrupted passes with the spray can. Avoid spending time on one spot to avoid paint buildup and drips.
Use multiple light coats instead of one or two heavy coats. This will help you get even coverage.
Wait the recommended time for the paint to dry before adding the next coat. This way, you can monitor the changes in color intensity.
Scuff the surface with fine-grit sandpaper and prime afterward to help the paint stick better.
Choose the best color for your project and paint in a well-ventilated space or outdoor location.
If you’re painting the shutters in place (i.e., if you decide not to remove them from position), then make sure you tape the edges to avoid painting the sides of your window or home. Use painter’s tape for this.
Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any vinyl spray paint. It’s also a good idea to spray test a small, inconspicuous area before moving on to the real project.
Can You Use Rustoleum Spray Paints for Painting Shutters?
Yes, you can use Rust-Oleum spray paints on your vinyl shutters.
Rust-Oleum makes both specialty and general-purpose spray paints that bond well to vinyl and other materials. The Rust-Oleum Vinyl Spray Paint and Universal All-Surface Spray Paint are good examples.
These paints are highly durable and come in various colors and sheens. So you will never run out of options.
When painting vinyl shutters with Rust-Oleum, be careful not to spray too thickly. Use thin, even coats; two or three coats are usually enough, but feel free to apply more coats, especially if the shutters are darker.
Follow the recoat times printed on the label. Most Rust-Oleum spray paints are oil-based and smell strong, so only use them in a well-ventilated space.
Do You Have to Prime Shutters Before Painting?
Well, it depends. If the state of the vinyl shutters is such that they show signs of deterioration or severe weather damage, then priming them will help conceal the flaws and provide a base for the paint. However, if the shutters are in good condition, priming might not be necessary since the paint won’t have any problem adhering to them.
You must use a primer that is formulated for vinyl paint.
Also, make sure the surface is clean before applying the primer. You can also lightly sand the shutters, but this is not always required.
Is it Better to Paint or Spray Paint Vinyl Shutters?
Spray painting vinyl shutters is better than using a paintbrush. It is much faster and easier to achieve a nice finish. And you don’t have to worry about brushstrokes.
Make sure you do proper prep work before you start painting in order not to compromise on the quality of the paint job.
FAQS: Best Spray Paint for Vinyl Shutters
Do I Need Special Paint for Vinyl Shutters?
Yes, not all regular spray paint will work on vinyl. For the best results, opt for high-quality outdoor acrylic latex paint. Typically, any exterior paint will do as long as it’s made to bond with plastic. To be on the safe side, choose products from major brands like the ones listed above.
How Long Does it Take for Spray Paint to Dry on Shutters?
Spray paint takes about 2 to 4 hours to dry to touch on shutters. But it may take up to 48 hours to cure fully, depending on the environment’s air temperature and humidity. Please wait longer if you have to. Please don’t use the item until it’s fully cured.
How Many Cans of Spray Paint Do I Need for Vinyl Shutters?
This depends on the size of your project. To know exactly, you will need to estimate the size of the square footage of your shutters and compare it with the coverage rate of the spray paint found on the product label. Generally, you will need at least one can for one vinyl shutter and several cans on multiple shutters.
How Long Does Vinyl Paint Last?
It depends on the local climate in your area. But on average, most vinyl paint lasts 5-10 years. Once again, you have to use the right paint, as any problem with adherence will cause the color to peel, crack or fade sooner.
What Kind of Spray Paint to Use on Vinyl Shutters?
Since vinyl is plastic (PVC), it will accept most types of paint that stick to plastic. These include latex, acrylic, and vinyl-specific spray paints. Some of these paints have a water base, which makes it easier for them to penetrate and adhere better to vinyl than paints of thicker consistency.
Content Summary – Spray Paint Vinyl Shutters
There you have it – the best spray paint for vinyl shutters.
Painting old vinyl shutters is a quick way to bring them back to life and spruce up your home exterior for comparably little money. No need to spend hundreds of dollars on new shutters.
You can spray paint shutters the same color or opt for a new color. Either way, you won’t go wrong with any of the products reviewed above.
If you’re still confused about what to buy, I highly recommend the Rustoleum Vinyl Spray Paint. I wasn’t joking when I said it’s the best paint for vinyl shutters. It offers the best value for its price. All the options are equally good; it all boils down to what you want.
Regardless of what paint you choose, ensure the surface is prepared correctly, or the entire project might be a waste of time. Let me know if you have any more questions. Until then, happy shuttering!