Vinyl shutters beautify your home and add great amounts of curb appeal. From wooden to metal to vinyl, shutters come in many styles and colors. Vinyl, one of the most durable shutter types, can suffer from fading from weather and the passage of time. Achieving the restoration of the shutters is a simple process that does not require much more than a few supplies and some elbow grease.
Restoring Vinyl Shutters
Clean the shutters throroughly. Use a stiff scrub brush and warm soapy water. You can also clean the shutters with a power washer if you have one available to you. Clean and wash away as much of the dirt and soap as possible. Dry the shutters with old towels, or wait for them to air dry.
Apply de-oxidizer to the shutters. If you have a spray can, apply the de-oxidizer in long strokes, coating the shutters evenly. If you have a bucket, apply the solution with a paint brush. Again, try to keep your coating of the solution as even as possible, and make sure not to miss any spots. Once you have applied a thin coat, allow the de-oxidizer to dry completely. Check the shutters to see if any progress has been made. If your shutters no longer appear faded, no further action is necessary. However if your shutters are still faded, you must paint them.
Apply a thin coat of primer to the shutters. Coat the shutters completely, but make sure the coating is thin. Allow the primer to dry completely before proceeding.
Apply your preferred paint color, one coat at a time allowing for drying between each coat. Coats of paint should be thin and should cover the shutters thoroughly. Should a bug or bit of debris get into the paint, remove it as quickly as possible. Make sure you paint the outer edges of the shutters as well.
Rehang your shutters.