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Old 02-07-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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I'd like to spray paint my exterior vinyl shutters. I'd like to know what is the best primer to use to spray paint these plastic/vinyl shutters. Also, how do you think the shutters will hold up against some brutal sun? I'm afraid the paint won't adhere properly to vinyl.


I've been getting most my products from sherwin williams but open to anything.

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Old 02-07-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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SW has a paint for vinyl siding. If that is who you deal with stop and talk to them and see what primer they recommend for that paint.

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Most vinyl shutters are not paintable.
When you want paintable shutters there special ordered.
The paintable ones I have bought suggest just plain old acrylic latex.
I've painted them with both the Super paint and Duration and they worked out OK.
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Guy at sherwin said I can just use their Emerald Exterior Paint. No primer needed, not sure if emerald is a self primer or not. In any case, sometimes you can 5 different opinions for every 5 times you stop in and talk to someone.
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Painted our bluish-gray shutters(12 of them) an olive green color. Used this paint from SW.

Our house gets full summer sun on the south side and the paint has held up fine. I did put 3 coats of paint on each since I already had them taken down.

Just laid them across some saw horses, had cold beer ready and spent 3 hours painting them. I think I washed them with some tri-sodium phosphate before painting.
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The thing with vinyl shutters that are made these days is they are made from molds with silicone in the mix. This silicone makes them NON-paintable as Joe Caption mentioned. If they are older type vinyl shutters, all you need is an acrylic latex and NO PRIMER. If they are the newer type (they will have a notice in each package) you will have to prime with a strong bonding primer like Zinsser's Cover Stain. If you don't prime, the paint will peel off in sheets. I tried Zinsser's 1-2-3 latex primer and it DID NOT WORK…….I had to go with the Cover Stain.
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Old shutters often times have been weakened from the UV or at least will have caulking that needs to be cleaned off before painting.
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Spray or brush them using a quality latex paint like SW Superpaint or Duration. They do fade over time from exposure to sun, but that is to be expected with exterior paint.
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Wanted to add that I used a paint brush on mine. No spray.
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Wanted to add that I used a paint brush on mine. No spray.
And, you can get great results with a brush and a QUALITY paint product.

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