What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main difference between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There tend to be more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, our team will 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.