We have a vinyl siding home with vinyl shutters. After 3 years half the shutters started to fade. Why did only half of them fade, I have no idea. We built this house so I know for a fact the shutters came from the same company and were installed on the same day. I started looking for solutions and it seemed the only options were to paint or replace. We did not want to paint because once you start then every few years we would have to take down the shutters and repaint. We did look into replacing them and it was going to cost more than we wanted to spend. So, it looked like painting was the only option, I started looking at paint colors. While researching paint choices I came across the idea of using Armor All to restore the shine and color on vinyl. I wondered if it would work? We decided to try it, the worst thing that could happen is we would have to replace or paint the shutters. It worked great!
First thing we do is clean the shutters and then let them completely dry. Next, just like using Armor All on your car apply with a soft cloth, let it soak in and buff. So easy and we did not have to remove the shutters.
This is a temporary fix, it will not permanently bring back the color and shine on vinyl shutters but it works. For us it last a year before the shutters start to fade. Every spring we reapply the Armor All. It takes less than an hour to do all the shutters. One day we will replace the shutters but in the mean time this is a fast easy inexpensive fix.
Faded white chalky looking shutters.
Applying the Armor All, you can see the difference.
Refreshed Vinyl Shutters
This is what we have used for the past 4 years.