What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary difference between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.