Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary divide between painted and stained shutters is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on top 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 are often more color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily color match with your existing interior design.