Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are often more color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.