Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on top of the shutter, just coating 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 knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can easily color match with your current design.