Do you know which paintbrush is best for your next painting job? You’ve chosen the perfect color to spruce up your home, but don’t start quite yet. Whether you are a novice painter or have been doing it for years, you will want to make sure that you have the right paintbrush on hand to ensure that your job looks great when it is done.
The Importance of a Good Paintbrush
One of the fastest ways to ruin your room’s new paint is to use the wrong brush when applying it. Not only will the wrong brush leave the space looking streaky and like a DIY job gone wrong; but it will make the job itself much harder. For instance, try to use a polyester brush with oil-based paint and you’ll find the bristles turning limp and virtually impossible to work with. Use the natural bristle brush through and marvel at how smooth the paint glides on the wall.
Considering how important picking the right brush is, you will want to consider these tips when paintbrush shopping.
1. Choose the Right Bristles
Paintbrushes come in two main bristles types: natural and synthetic. Natural bristle brushes are made from animal hair and are best when using oil-based paints. Synthetic bristles, however, are made from nylon, polyester, or a combination of both. They work well with water-based latex paint, offering great coverage and a smooth finish.
2. Pick the Right Width
Take one look down the painting aisle of your local home improvement store and you’ll likely feel overwhelmed by the choices. With paintbrushes ranging in width from a quarter inch to five inches (or larger), you may not know which one is best. Here’s a good rule to follow: always use a brush that is slightly smaller than the surface you are painting. So, if you are working on a three-inch baseboard, you will want to use a 2 ½ inch brush. Here are a few good tips when choosing the best brush width:
- Small trim and window – 1-2 inch width
- Doors and cabinets – 3 inch
- Large flat areas – 4-5 inch
3. Take Note of the Bristle Shape
The shape of a brush bristle can also affect the overall look of the finished project. While many people prefer a square cut edge for covering larger areas, they can be sloppy when painting corners and narrow edges. Sash bristles are angled a bit and can make painting around doorways, moldings and other smaller areas much easier. When choosing a sashed brush, consider what job you will be tackling. A thin angle is best for corners and sharp angles, while an angle sash is best for cutting in ceilings and painting standard trim.
4. Pick the Perfect Tip
Finally, look at the tip of your brush to see if it will work well. Flagged, or split ends are premium tips and are great at holding more paint and offering a smoother surface, but they can be expensive. A cheaper version called a tipped or pointed bristle is a good choice for general painting projects. They offer plenty of control and hold just enough paint to make the job go easier.
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Choosing the perfect paint colour is just the first step to a job well done. Knowing how to choose the right paintbrush is even more important to ensure that your room will look great.