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Hello, I have 6 shutters in the front of my home I would like to paint because they have faded the past 9 years I have had them. I purchased them at Home Depot but would prefer to paint them rather than pull them out and replace them. I have purchased Olympic exterior paint to use for the shutters. Should I apply primer? Or is it ok to just use the good quality I purchased? I appreciate your suggestions!! Murph
 
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Check with a pro paint store, but I would use a good "exterior" primer that lists "plastics" for coverage surfaces on the label.
And of course a good clean and dry surface to apply the primer and paint.
 
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thank you Conrad for the helpful information. I appreciate it. Murph
 
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I painted mine 5 years ago, without primer, and they are just fine. Of course, I do not know how long it will last. I tend not to prime anything unless it is necessary like dark colors, stained deywall, etc.
 
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Thank you for your suggestion. I appreciate it! Murph
 
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Hmmmm. Isn't there a paint FOR plastic items only? I've not purchased any...but it is suppose to be for only plastic which I think would make a difference. Am I correct?
 
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The plastic paint made by Krylon is "Fusion". I have used the spray version on plastics, and it is great on any plastic that is flexible, like toys or lawn furniture. Limited colors however.
 
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The shutters are designed to be painted. I installed them on our last house, replacing the worn and cracked wooden ones. I applied a latex exterior paint with a professional sprayer with no primer and the paint adhered without a problem. They can be brush painted easily. They usually have a wood grain molded in so brush strokes aren't a problem. Given the age you might want to prime them, but nothing on them is going to bleed through like knots on wood trim.

I wouldn't bother with the Fusion spray paints because they have a rather limited palette. I matched our shutters to the front door. You could also match them to the trim on the house. Matching either will be a bit of a challenge if you use the Fusion spray paints.


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Thank you for your helpful suggestions, I purchased Olympic exterior paint from Lowes. I am going to paint the shutters soon. Thanks again! Murph
 
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If they are clean and dry, you could probably get away without a primer. Although hitting them with a bonding primer first might be worth the effort.

If changing the color, be sure to check manufacturer's color specifications. Often they will state NOT to paint the product with a color darker than the original color. They will give you those color specifications in terms of LRV, Light Reflectance Value.


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