Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary differentiator between painted and stained shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate 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 a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.