What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random 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, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.