What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.