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How To Restore Color To Faded Vinyl Shutters

Beautiful shutters can make a home look great. Faded shutters can have the opposite effect. People ask us all the time how to restore color to faded vinyl shutters. The answer?

It’s Simple.

Using this simple two step process, you can restore color to your faded plastic shutters.

Step 1


Clean your shutters as described below with a premium, bleach free cleaner to remove dirt, oxidation (more on that below), mildew or anything else stuck to the shutters.

Step 2


Apply a premium color restorer. Choose one with a 10 Year Warranty or you may be required to do the work 4-5 times over the same 10 years. Our motto is do the work ONCE.

Before and After

Check out the images below. This is what you can expect if you follow these instructions.

How To Restore Color To Faded Vinyl Shutters

Cleaning Instructions

This is an image of what severe oxidation looks like on faded PVC/Vinyl. If you have shutters made of other plastic types, it may not “dust” off like the picture but may be engrained in the shutters. Either way, a premium cleaner like Shuter Renu Cleaner Concentrate will be able to help you remove the oxidation. Oxidation is your number one enemy. It is crucial to remove the oxidation to restore color to faded plastic shutters.

Shutter Cleaning Tools: Gentle abrasive pad to remove oxidation, Shutter Renu Cleaner Concentrate.

Step 1

Mix 1 part Shutter Renu™ Professional Grade Cleaner Concentrate to 9 parts water.  Mix in a pump-up garden sprayer, bucket or spray bottle.

Step 2

Spray cleaner on no more than 2 shutters at a time. Allow solution to sit for 10 minutes. Let the cleaner do the heavy work by keeping it wet.

If cleaner dries simply re-wet the shutter with your cleaner solution.

Step 3

Use a non-scratch scouring pad and scrub the shutters.

Remove ALL chalking, dirt, mold/mildew, etc. This allows the color restorer to penetrate deeply to restore the original color.

Step 4

Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose. It is important to remove ALL the cleaner before applying Shutter Renu™ premium color restorer.

Step 5

Use the “Nail Scratch Test”:  Gently scratch the surface with your fingernail or a penny and if it makes marks on the vinyl, you have not sufficiently removed the oxidation.

Review your Work.

Visible marks?


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No or faint marks?

Oxidation removed


Color Restorer Application Instructions

Great. Now your faded shutters are cleaned and ready to restore. We find that this step is a real blast. Why? Because you will literally see the original color your faded plastic shutters restored.

CAUTION: You may become obsessed with restoring the original color to all sorts of things around your home.

Benefits of Shutter Renu

Choose only a premium shutter restorer and one that comes with a 10 Year Warranty or you may have to do the work 4-5 times over the same period.

There is no need to “tape off” or take down shutters when you learn how to restore faded shutters using Shutter Renu!!!

Helpful Hint

For louvered shutters using a Wagner type power paint sprayer will save you a lot of time.

Step 1

Choose a Shutter Renu Kit. Cleaner, Premium Color Restorer and a 10 Year Warranty.

Step 2

Gently rock the the Shutter Renu bottle to ensure no settling.

Step 3

Apply Shutter Renu with a quality paintbrush to a clean, dry shutter.

It is important not to create bubbles during stirring or applying of Shutter Renu. Pay close attention that no bubbles are created while applying product in corners or in between slats as they may dry hazy. If foaming or bubbles occur. Simply wipe off with a rag quickly.

Warning: Shutter Renu will restore the color of faded vinyl siding, so any Shutter Renu brushed on vinyl will change the color of the vinyl Including siding.

Step 4

Allow first coat to dry (30-45 minutes).

Step 5

Apply a second coat if you want it to last 10 Years

(A 3rd coat may be required for extremely faded shutters.)

We are here to help.

Not quite feeling like an expert? Call us and speak to a real, live restoration guru at 267-614-5284. Or email us your questions at [email protected]

Even if you choose not to use Shutter Renu, we are here to help and can answer all of your questions about any product on the market because our chemists have tested them all.