What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’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 right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.