Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint masking it.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can easily color match with your current design.