Painting 101: All About Brushes
Learn how to choose the right tools for your inside or outside painting job.
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The brush you choose depends largely on two things, the paint and the project:
- If your project requires oil-based paint, natural bristles like ox or hog hair are perfect because they hold paint better than synthetic bristles.
- If you're using latex paint, then nylon and polyester brushes are much better because they don’t absorb water like natural fibers.
- Expect to pay more for high-quality brushes. They have more filaments, which create a smoother, more uniform surface. Plus, they last a lot longer.
- Good all-purpose brushes are flagged. The bristles vary in length, graduating to a peak in the middle, which provides a smooth, even, more precise layer of paint.
- Choose a brush that feels good in your hand. Considering the amount of time you'll be using it, go for absolute comfort.
- Pick the right brush for the job as most have a specific purpose. Angled brushes are great for getting into corners and flat brushes are nice for flat surfaces.
- Finally, a little care goes a long way. Wash paintbrushes immediately after each use and don't rinse the soap out completely — it'll store a lot nicer.
Color and interior finish specialist Barbara Jacobs talks about the exciting world of paint finishes.