What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.