4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Paintbrush
or tighter spaces require
for the best results. And while it’s easy to walk into any department store and
pick out a brush, not every paintbrush is the same! They have a variety of
different features that will affect your painting job. Here’s everything you
There are several
different bristle materials you can choose from – and yes, this really does
make a difference for your painting job!
These bristles are made from animal hair. Not only is this very
traditional, but these brushes excel at evenly applying oil-based paints,
varnishes, and similar types of coatings. The natural hairs are quite
rough and easily split – which is good news in this case, because it
allows them to hold a lot more paint with each dip.
Polyester bristles are very uniform and resist going soft over time. Since
they stay stiff throughout their life, they are a great choice for
applying latex paints on smooth surfaces, providing
This combination of bristles adds even more durability to the brush, and
is excellent for pretty much any type of latex paint and combination of
Brush size is the
most obvious factor in buying a brush, but it still deserves a little thought.
A brush that’s only 1 to 2 inches wide is specifically designed for trim or
hobby projects. A 3-inch brush is great for doors, furniture and tight corners
where a certain amount of finesse is needed for the project. A 4-inch brush or
longer is better for large, flat spaces where getting the job done quickly is
Brush Tip Shape
You will also
find a variety of brush tip options to choose from!
The edges are, well, square. These brushes are best for applying paint
quickly to large, flat areas.
These tips have a noticeable slant. This makes it a lot easier to paint on
more delicate tasks, like creating careful straight lines, painting
corners and edges, and so on.
These sharply angled brushes are best
trim and similar small sections.
Overall Brush Style
You may find that
other brushes are labeled for their specific style or purpose. This is obviously
more useful when doing some quick shopping, because it’s easier to
you need without
looking at every specification. However, there are some terms to be aware of
Trim: A trim
style isn’t exactly meant for small trim pieces, but rather for larger
exterior wall work. We know that doesn’t exactly make sense.
Wall: A wall
style is designed to paint large inside walls quickly.
An angle sash brush style is great for painting precise lines and
dealing with different-colored trim. They can come in thin versions as
well for even more delicate work.
Need more help?
Tar Heel Painters
today! We can offer advice on what
brushes to use, what you need for a specific painting project, and everything
else you should keep in mind.