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Using Interior Shutters for the Outside Porch


Hope someone can guide me with advice. I would like to buy some interior used "Plantation Style" shutters currently painted and put them on my outdoor porch. They would receive a lot of sun, wind and rain. Because they are interior shutters, I'm not sure If I would be creating a future problem. Can I apply a product to help the shutters wear the weather better?

Thanks for the advice!

Re: Using Interior Shutters for the Outside Porch

Wood and water don't mix well unless the water is kept out of the wood. Seal the shutters all over, top, bottom, front, back, etc. Use an exterior grade of paint (I assume you were painting, not staining) and you should be OK.

If there are exposed cracks in the wood, since they're used, use some filler on the cracks, sand and paint. You'll have to keep an eye on the surface of the shutters and repaint as needed but they'll weather just like any other painted wood on the outside of your house.

Good Luck.

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