Gel staining metal shutters is an easy way to update their look and take years off an aging home.

If possible, it’s usually best to remove shutters before applying a new coating to them.
These metal shutters are only secured with four screws, so removal is easy.
After that, we sand and clean them thoroughly.

The existing paint on the shutters is too dark to work well with a “gel stain” finish so we are using spray paint to give them a lighter base color.

Once the base color is dry, we can begin applying the gel stain. In this case, we’re using a natural bristled brush and very intentional strokes to mimic the look of wood grain on the metal shutters.

Unlike ordinary wood stain, gel stain dries on top of the surface, rather than soaking in. That makes it ideal for projects like this where we’re trying to create the illusion of wood grain on a non-porous surface.

Depending on your taste, you can apply multiple coats of gel stain as the previous coat dries.
Once you achieve the look you want, the new finish needs to be protected with a clear sealer like polyurethane.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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