What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary difference between painted and stained shutters is how the shutter material interacts with the color. 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.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There tend to be more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’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 shutter 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.