Choosing the Right Paint Brush

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Painting your interior walls is an easy way to revamp your spaces. Anyone can do it, however the quality of the job really depends on the paint brush you use.

In order to pick the right brush for the job, first you must know what kind of paint you’ll be working with. This is an essential part of the process, as certain paints apply better with certain brushes. For example, latex paints are best used with synthetic bristles, while oil based paints apply better with a natural fiber bristle brush.



Material

Synthetic fibers include polyester and nylon. There are many advantages to using synthetic fiber bristles such as they are easier to clean, there is less chance of bristle loss and they do not swell in water. This means that the tips stay fine, preventing brush marks in the paint.

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Natural bristles are made of animal hair, usually from hogs or oxen. This means that natural bristles have a rougher texture than the synthetic brushes. There are a number of benefits of using a natural bristle paint brush; they hold more paint, meaning less loadings of paint (useful when painting a large area), and they wear to a shape (known as breaking a brush in), which leads to better brush control. Natural bristles should not be used with water based paints however, as this causes them to soak up the water and swell.



Style

paintbrushes The style of the brush can also impact on the quality of finish, as well as the time it takes to carry out the job. The style of the brush refers to the cut and shape of the brush head itself. A trim brush is a flat small brush, which is ideal for detailed and trim painting. A wall brush has a thicker, flat head which holds more paint and so is often used for painting large surfaces. An angled sash brush has bristles which are cut at an angle, and so are perfect for painting around windows, or other angled spaces.