•Quality Shutters Deserve a Quality Finish•
Factory Finished Shutters
Exterior Shutters may be ordered from the factory pre-finished to varying stages of completion. Finishing cost is in addition to the price of the shutters. Finishing options require a minimum order of 7 square feet.
Exterior Shutters constructed of durable, decay-resistant Western Red Cedar shutters are naturally decay resistant. If a shutter is to be painted it is important that certain steps be followed to ensure that the shutter is protected from moisture and a quality finish is obtained. Painting with an air sprayer is recommended for the best possible finish, however painting with a brush can achieve similar results.
A quality oil-based primer formulated for Western Red Cedar is required to assure proper adhesion to the surface as well as block tannin bleed that might occur. Premium oil-based paints generally provide a smoother finish than latex paints. Higher quality latex paints, however may have a longer lifespan.
Lightly sand the shutter using 150 grit sandpaper, removing any sharp edges or loose fibers. Caulk and seal all joints and end-grain to prevent liquid penetration. Clean off any dust by blowing the shutter with dry compressed air or a good dusting with a clean tack cloth.
Priming The Shutter
It is very important that all six sides of the shutter are sealed and primed equally. Allow the primer to dry as per manufacturer instructions and re-sand the shutter with 150-180 grit sandpaper until the primer coat is smooth to the touch. Apply a second coat of primer on all six sides of the shutter and re-sand the shutter with 150-180 grit sandpaper until the second primer coat is smooth to the touch. No bare wood should be visible. Spot prime as needed.
IMPORTANT: Primer must be completely dry and cured before final finishing. Clean off any dust by blowing the shutter with dry compressed air or a good dusting with a clean tack cloth. It is very important that all six sides of the shutter are finished equally. Multiple finish coats may be required to ensure uniform coverage and color. After each coat is dry, lightly sand the shutter with a 150-180 grit sandpaper until smooth to the touch. Clean off any dust by blowing the shutter with dry compressed air or a good dusting with a clean tack cloth. Apply final finish coat on all six sides of the shutter. Allow finished shutters to dry and cure fully prior to installation. Following these steps and recommendations, along with timely refinishing and maintenance, will ensure that your cedar shutters last a lifetime.