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Old 06-06-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Good evening - new here. I am getting ready to repaint the windows and the front columns on the house. It has been about 7 years and over time to get another good coat on. I have gathered by research here that Sherman Williams brand will be one that is heavily considered this time around - while I am not rich - I really do not enjoy standing out on a ladder for a week to repaint every few years so the cost will be worth it.

Now, on to the reason for this post In our remodel of this house (38 years old) we decided to replace the wood shutters with vinyl ones - 8 years later and they are grossly faded, or rather have a whitish haze to them (they are green). I am wanting to see if there is some way to wash them and bring the color back and if not, is there a paint that will adhere to a vinyl shutter (might as well knock em out while I am doing the windows!)

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Welcome Sarge

I have custom painted vinyl shutters
It isn't easy, doesn't really work well, doesn't last too long (at least ut here), and is involved enough that it's almost cheaper for my customers to purchase new ones, as they must be removed and re-hung anyway (a large part of the labor)

If they are looking for a custom color, that's usually their only choice though

As for restoring, rather than painting them, I have heard of a way
I only heard of it recently, and haven't had the chance to check it out
...in fact, I haven't even found a local supplier
But I have heard (from other contractors I trust) that Flood's Restora can work well for these
Now I don't like to recommend things I haven't tried, so this is just me passing along the info...if you know what I mean

(Oh...if you do try it, please let me know how it works )

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Slickshift, thanks much. I will do some research on it and if I go that route I will certainly report back.

Thanks again!

Back onto my window repaint - is it advisable to strip the paint prior to painting or just take care of any chipping? I completely stripped and sanded when we first bought the place (30 plus years of BAD paint) and sure dont want to go through that again if I can help it.
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Usually a simple Scrape and Sand over anything chipping/pealing is fine
If there's a lot....a real lot of pealing, you might need to strip again

7 years...shouldn't be bad enough for that though
Could be out here...but I live in the ocean...lol
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Usually a simple Scrape and Sand over anything chipping/pealing is fine
If there's a lot....a real lot of pealing, you might need to strip again

7 years...shouldn't be bad enough for that though
Could be out here...but I live in the ocean...lol
Naw, really isnt. A little cracking of the paint here and there, but beyond that - just faded white paint.
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The fading is oxidation, try a de-oxidizer. I haven't checked out restora either,but I suspect it's a de-oxidizing agent.
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Restora is basically an acrylic clearcoat from what I've heard. Not something we ever carried since I don't think it would sell too well, but I did check into it when it fist came out. It basically restores the finish by putting a clear satin coat on it to bring back depth and shine.
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Don't bother with Restora. I just talked to Flood this morning. They no longer even make the product. It was short lived for some reason. Probably more trouble and expense than it's worth.
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Don't bother with Restora. I just talked to Flood this morning. They no longer even make the product. It was short lived for some reason. Probably more trouble and expense than it's worth.
Thanks much. I will look into some form of deoxidizer for the time being
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Don't bother with Restora. I just talked to Flood this morning. They no longer even make the product. It was short lived for some reason. Probably more trouble and expense than it's worth.
Thanks for the update
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To be honest the paint or vinyl is faded, chaulked. Some cleaners claim to restore them, but they really should be repainted.
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To be honest the paint or vinyl is faded, chaulked. Some cleaners claim to restore them, but they really should be repainted.
Joe, that is most likely the case, however, I have not heard of anyone having success with painting vinyl shutters. Since my shutters are pretty big (14x75) I would rather attempt a deox of some sort first
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The Restora was taken off the market because the new foreign owners of Flood thought it was not in their core business.

IMHO, (disclaimer of bias, I am a good friend of the owner of this company) the best way to restore, rejuvenate and renew dull, faded, oxidized and discolored vinyl shuters (or vinyl siding or vinyl fences) is to use a clear coating from http://vivilon.com

The company has been making restoration and protection coatings for almost 30 years. I know their coatings very wel having used them to restore my boat, motorhome, horse trailer and some vinyl privacy fencing around my home. The product has a weather barrier that is dirt resistent and makes cleanup easy with just a water hose.

If you want a way to rejuvenate any oxidized surface, whether vinyl or not, Vivilon will get the job done right. Like i said, just MHO, but I work as a chemist and know good chemistry.
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I read lots of posts on a bunch of sites all talking about reasons for not painting my vinyl shutters a different color. I still decided to go against normal advise and paint my vinyl shutters a different color. I documented how I did it and will be periodically posting how they held up in the long run here.

http://diy-guide.blogspot.com/2010/1...-shutters.html
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just buy new ones,plastic shutters are not too expensive considering the amount of time you will put into them for results that may not work

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