Choose the Right Paint Brush

Find out which paint brush you should be using for your next project.

Trio of Paint Brushes

Trio of Paint Brushes

1" to 2" brushes are best used for painting windows and other small trim.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

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Natural Bristle Brushes

Made with animal hairs, these paint brushes are used for applying oil base paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane and other oil base finishes. The natural "flagging" (splitting or fuzzy tips) of these brushes creates split ends in the bristles that hold more paint and helps assure a smooth paint release and finish.

Natural Bristle Brushes

Natural Bristle Brushes

Made with animal hairs, these paint brushes are used for applying oil base paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane and other oil base finishes. The natural "flagging" (splitting or fuzzy tips) of these brushes creates split ends in the bristles that hold more paint and helps assure a smooth paint release and finish.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Polyester Brushes

Best for latex paints, these brushes hold their shape and stiffness in any paint and apply paint smoothly and evenly.

Polyester Brushes

Polyester Brushes

Best for latex paints, these brushes hold their shape and stiffness in any paint and apply paint smoothly and evenly.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Which Size?

Once you select the type of brush that best fits your needs, the next step is deciding which size to use.

1-2"

Smaller brushes are best for painting windows and other trim.

Trio of Paint Brushes

Trio of Paint Brushes

1" to 2" brushes are best used for painting windows and other small trim.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

3"

These brushes work well with glossy paints for doors and cabinets.

Three Inch Paint Brushes

Three Inch Paint Brushes

Use 3" brushes with glossy paints for doors and cabinets.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

4"

Bigger brushes cover large, flat areas with ease.

Four Inch Paint Brush

Four Inch Paint Brush

Use 4" paint brushes for large, flat areas.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

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