Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There tend to be more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’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.When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.