Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure 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 window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.