Painting 101: All About Brushes
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.
Choosing the Right Roller Cover:
- In general, for smooth surfaces like wallboard and wood, use a roller with a 3/8-inch or less nap.
- For surfaces with heavy texture, larger naps can reduce the number of coats – and the amount of time spent painting.