If you are going to some painting around your home, you will have to choose the correct paintbrush – and there are so many types out there. This will help you achieve a professional-looking paint job every time.
Here are some handy tips and suggestions to help you choose the right paintbrush
There are two common types of paintbrush bristles; natural bristle and synthetic bristle.
Natural bristles are made from animal hair such as ox, hog or badger and are best for applying oil-based alkyd paints only. If you use a natural bristle brush on a water-based paint the bristles will absorb the water in the paint making the bristles very limp and it will be much harder to spread the paint.
Synthetic bristles are often made from nylon and/or polyester and are recommended for water-based latex paints but can work well for some oil-based paints too.
Square cut brushes work great for most surfaces but for corners try using a sash (also called trim) brush, their bristles are cut on an angle.
Brushes come in a wide variety of widths, the most common household use ones range from 1 inch to 5 inches. Use the wider widths for big jobs and the narrower for more detailed jobs. Longer bristles hold more paint, so you’ll spend less time refilling your brush.
Better quality brushes have bristles with flagged (also called split) ends and they hold more paint and will spread the paint more smoothly. Some sash brushes have tipped ends that come to a point and will give you more precision when painting.
Handles are made out of either wood or plastic and come in many shapes and sizes. Pick the handle that feels the most comfortable in your hand.
Clean your brush completely as soon as you are finished using it. If you were using a water-based paint then soap and water should clean it up. If you were using an oil-based paint then check the paint can for which type of solvent is recommended to clean the brush. If you can, hang your brushes to dry otherwise lay them flat.
Just be sure to check the packaging on the brush to ensure that it is compatible with the paint you are using and for the job you are doing.
Do you have any other suggestions for choosing the right paintbrush? Do you keep all of your old paintbrushes like I do in case you might need them for something?? Please leave your questions or tips in the comments section below.