What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main difference between painted and stained shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can easily color match with your current design.