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Painting Louvered Shutters
If the scraping and sanding has left bare wood showing on the louvered wooden shutter it needs a coat of exterior grade primer. For priming an oil or water-based primer can be used. Each has its own uses and characteristics. An oil-based primer will usually seal stains better but will take longer to dry and mineral spirits must be used for thinning and to clean the brushes. A water-based primer will dry quickly and soap and water is used to clean the brushes but it may raise the grain of the wood. On these wooden shutters a water-based 100% acrylic primer was used. It was tinted gray to help the finish color cover which was Sherwin-Williams' “Tricorn Black”. After the primer is dry any cracks, holes or needed repairs can be made using the appropriate exterior grade caulk, spackling or wood filler. Allow these areas to dry, sand if needed and spot prime again.
The finish coat was an exterior grade 100% acrylic paint with a satin sheen. Most paints will come in varying degrees of sheen typically labeled flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, gloss and high-gloss. Satin was chosen to help repel rain and dust more than flat or eggshell. Especially true with dark colors a low sheen paint will reflect less surface glare than a glossier sheen thus revealing the true color of the paint. The choice of sheen is mostly a matter of personal taste and preference. A good quality paint should last many years regardless of its sheen. Paint the side, top and bottom edges first being careful not to get paint smears on the face of the louvered shutter which may dry to an uneven finish. Wipe the face off as you paint the edges if the paint is drying fast. Starting at the top of the upper section paint the ends of the slats working paint up into inner edges of the frames, paint both ends then the middle of the slats, finishing off with long straight strokes from each end to blend the paint into a smooth even coat. Then paint the frame of the wood shutter following the grain direction of the wood. Check the edges of the frame and the ends of the slats for runs or excess and smooth the paint with a light brush stroke. Most louvered wooden shutters have a upper and lower section so it might be easier to complete the upper section and then paint the lower.
If these louvered wooden shutters had been new the backside should also be primed and painted before installing. Painting the backside will prevent moisture absorbing into the wood leading to paint failure and wood rot. Sealing all sides will also help prevent warping and increase the life of the paint on the front side and the shutters themselves.
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