What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.During your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.