Can I Paint Plastic Shutters? - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

Can I Paint Plastic Shutters?

Glidden Team: 
Can plastic shutters be painted?

Sr. Product Manager and PPG Paint Specialist:  
Yes, but preparation is key to getting the adhesion you’re looking for.  Before painting, make sure that the shutters are dirt-free and there is no flaking or damaged paint* if previously coated. Once you have a clean surface, apply a single coat of the appropriate Glidden Primer to prime the surface and help the paint to adhere. Follow with an exterior, 100% acrylic latex, satin or semi-gloss paint, in your choice of color, like Glidden Premium Exterior. One to two coats will be required, depending on how well the first coat covers the primer and if the color/coverage is what you are looking for.

You may even be able to use Glidden Exterior Paint + Primer and skip the priming phase. But first, do this test.


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As always, please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet and Safety Data Sheet for safety and detailed application instructions.

*WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to 
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