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4 Things To Consider When Choosing a Paintbrush

4 Things To Consider When Choosing a Paintbrush

Picking up paintbrushes for your DIY painting project may sound easy, but in truth, it can be quite a complicated feat. Various shapes, sizes, types, and materials are available in what seems like endless combinations. Knowing how to choose the right brush, though, is crucial to achieving excellence in your project. These are the 4 things to consider when choosing a paintbrush.

Bristle Type/Materials

One thing that separates one paintbrush from another is the type of material the bristles are made from.

Brushes with natural bristles made from animal hair are for the application of oil-based paints. They won't, however, work with latex paints, as the bristles will soak up the paint's water and become limp to the point that it is no longer useful.

Brushes with polyester bristles do well with latex paints. Nylon bristles are good for oil-based paints and water-soluble paints. However, it cannot be used with products like lacquer, shellac, paint remover, and more, as they may cause the nylon bristles to dissolve or soften. Poly/nylon blend bristles are good for latex paints. 

Check the brush's packaging to see what paints it is compatible with.

Brush Size/Width

The next thing that varies from one paintbrush to the next is the size or width of it.

The only chore you would need any brush over 4 inches wide is painting large flat areas like ceilings or walls. For doors, cabinets, and shelves, a 3-inch brush is good. For baseboards, corners, and door and window trim, use a brush that is 1 inch to 2 inches wide. Always choose a brush that is narrower than the width of the surface you are painting.

Bristle/Brush Shape

Another difference that separates paintbrushes from another is the shape of the end bristle cut.

There are several common brush styles. The angle sash has slanted ends, and it's great for corners and trim. The round sash has soft edges and a blunt, tapered tip. It can be used for small trim. Though it is a sash brush, the flat sash bristles go straight across. This brush is used to paint areas like walls and ceilings. A wall brush is a thick flat brush. The wall brush does well with painting large areas like walls and ceilings, just as a flat sash. A trim brush is a flat brush normally used for jobs like painting exterior siding.

Brushes with polyester bristles do well with latex paints. Nylon bristles are good for oil-based paints and water-soluble paints. However, it cannot be used with products like lacquer, shellac, paint remover, and more, as they may cause the nylon bristles to dissolve or soften.

Bristle Tips

Essentially the last thing that separates paintbrushes is the quality of the bristle tips.

Top-shelf brushes have flagged bristles or bristles with split ends. This allows them to hold more paint and spread it more smoothly. Natural bristles, flagging, or split ends, occur naturally. This natural flagging results in an impeccably laid finish.

If you need more help call Tar Heel Painters! We repair drywall and remove wallpaper and popcorn ceilings. Besides top-quality residential painting, we also do wood staining and more.