Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary difference between paints and stains for shutters is the way the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are often a larger number of color choices for paints. 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 hiding it.For your in-home window design 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 current design.