How to Refinish Existing Storm Shutters

What You'll Need
Sand paper
Paint brush
Chemical Stripper

Refinishing storm shutters is an easy job to do. Many people refinish their storm shutters because they have an old and outdated look that they are trying to get rid of. Or, if you just moved into a home that had a design on the shutters that doesn't appeal to you, refinishing is a great idea. If you are looking to strip down your shutters and refinish for a fresh new look, here are a few materials that you will need, along with some steps to help guide you through the process.

Step 1 - Remove Shutter and Clean

Use a drill to remove the shutters from the window so that you can work on them. Make sure that you are saving all of the screws or hardware that you are taking off so that you can put them back together when you are finished. Before you actually try to refinish them, you will need to wipe them down with a clean rag and water or a cleaner. Wipe them thoroughly.

Step 2 - Finish Shutters

Now, use sand paper to soften them up and get any grim off of them and wipe them down again after. You may or may not need to use a chemical stripper as you work. Use a paint brush as well as the finish of your choice and paint them completely. Allow them to dry for a few days and then again paint them with another coat. When choosing the stain or color of paint that you will be using on your shutters, you want to make sure that they are made for the exterior. This is important because the shutters are outdoors and they are exposed to everything from rain to snow and sun and wind. By choosing a stain or paint color that protects the shutters and looks great on them, you are allowing them to last much longer which saves you time and money in the long run.

Step 3 - Reattach

Now that you are finished and the shutters have dried, you can hang the shutters back up and screw them back into place as they were before. Be sure that they are on tight enough so that the wind or rain doesn't knock them off and hurt anyone.

If you are choosing a paint color or stain shade for your shutters, you may want to consider buying extra. This is important, especially if it is a paint color because you are going to want to retouch or stain your shutters every 3 to 5 years and you will want to have it on hand especially if it is a color that may run out or retire. You will want to multiply the amount of paint or stain that you used this time to paint 2 coats by 3, which should give you enough paint or stain for about the next 10 to 15 years.