3 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Paintbrush
Painting is a great
way to freshen up a room. But, don’t be fooled into thinking it will be quick
and easy. Doing the job right requires a certain amount of skill and knowledge;
not to mention the right tools. Before you begin your next painting project, be
sure that you have everything you need on hand – including the right
paintbrushes. If you aren’t sure about which ones to buy, check out these
three important factors to consider when choosing the perfect paintbrush for
1. The Type of Paint You Will be Using
The paintbrush you
choose will depend a great deal on the type of paint being used. For instance,
synthetic brushes made of nylon, polyester, or a combination of both are
designed for latex paint. Brushes made of natural fiber bristles (like animal
hair) are best for painting with oil-based paints. Use the wrong brush material
with the wrong
and you will discover the bristles becoming limp, and the
area being painted streaky.
2. The Type of Surface Being Painted
Go shopping for a new
paintbrush and you will soon discover that there are dozens of choices.
With paintbrush sizes ranging from ¼ inch to 5 inches in width, you may be
tempted to pick the biggest one (after all, that’ll help you get done faster,
right?). Wait a minute. When it comes to painting, bigger is not always
better. Professional painting experts know the golden rule of painting:
choose a brush slightly smaller than the surface being painted. This helps you
better control the painting and keep excessive dripping from ruining the job.
Still not sure which paintbrush is best? Here a quick guide to help you choose:
Painting small trim or a window? Use a 1-2 inch width
Doors and cabinets – use a 3-inch brush
Large flat areas – opt for a 4-5 inch brush
3. Your Experience Level
Watch a professional
painter at work and you will be amazed at how quickly he can finish a job –
sometimes without ever changing his paintbrush. Someone who has years of
experience at painting may be able to complete a project with only a few
different brushes on hand, but that isn’t the case for the novice or weekend
painter. Most of us average folk need some help making our finished
projects look smooth and neat.
Choosing the right
paintbrush can help keep your next paint job from appearing messy and
child-like. This includes knowing which bristle cut and tip to use for every
area of the room. Not sure what to choose? Here are a few tips to follow when
Square Edged Brushes work best when covering large
areas like walls and doors.
Angled sash bristles are best for cutting around
doorways, moldings and other smaller areas. Use a thin angle brush corners
and sharp angles and a regular angle brush for cutting in ceilings.
Tipped or pointed ends are great for general painting
projects. While flagged or split ends offer a professional looking cover,
they can be expensive and are usually reserved for professional painters
with more experience.
Finding a Painting Pro
Not everyone is ready
to tackle printing their home on their own. If you want the job done right,
call in a team of professionals from
Tar Heel Painters