Visit any home improvement store or hardware store and you will see entire displays of brushes of every variety, brand-name, and size. How do you choose the right one for your job?
In last month’s blog we explored the features of paint rollers and how the length of nap is important to consider when painting the interior surfaces of your home. This month we will be taking a closer look at the characteristics of paint brushes including the size, style, and shape that can take your paint project from novice to professional.
Try not to get overwhelmed with the wide assortment of brushes that are currently on the market. We suggest having a few types at your disposal as you go about your interior or exterior paint project. You will want to invest in a high quality angled brush and square brush in both small and larger sizes.
One of the characteristics that you will want to consider when purchasing paint brushes is the sizes that are available. The size of the brush will determine the amount of coverage as well as the detail work that can be completed. Smaller brushes, such as 1-2 inch brushes, are great for painting window trim and detailed molding. “Cutting in” is much easier with a smaller brush that you can control. Medium sized brushes, measuring approximately three inches are good for doors and cabinets. And larger four inch brushes are great for painting large flat areas.
As we mentioned above, there are several brush shapes that you will be able to choose from when painting. Two of the more popular are square brushes and angled or chiseled brushes. Flat or square brushes are good for painting flat surfaces whereas angled brushes are better at getting into smaller areas and carefully cutting into edges and trim.
Every brush has bristles, but the makeup of those bristles will determine the type of paint you will be able to use with it. For example, polyester and blended-polyester bristles are good for painting with latex paints. Natural-bristle brushes, made with animal hair, are used for applying oil based paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane, and other oil base finishes.
As you begin to peruse the brush aisle in your hardware store be sure to look for high quality brushes. A good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want.
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