4 aspects helps you choose right paint brushJun. 17, 2016
To get the best results when painting, make sure you choose the right paint brush. Brush quality and the right brush for the job will make all the difference. Here are a few questions to help you find the right brush. Whether natural paint brush, inch paint brush, flat paint brush, nylon paint brush or paint brush set, you can choose the right brush according to 4 aspects as following:
What are you going to paint?
For trim, paneled doors, furniture, cabinets or anything with grooves, or where you have to paint close to another surface (e.g. where trim butts up against walls), use an angular sash brush. Angular sash brushes, sometimes referred to as cutting brushes, make it easier to paint a clean line. For flat surfaces, like flat trim or non-paneled doors and flat furniture surfaces, use a flat brush. The flat edge on the brush will help to cover flat surfaces with fewer brush strokes.
Are you applying a fine finish?
Fine finishes require a soft-tipped brush to eliminate brush strokes. For water-based finishes use a 100% nylon brush. There are also polyester brushes with specially tipped filaments (Crest and Zenith) that are formulated especially for these finishes. If you are using oil-based finishes, use a brush that combines ox hair for smoothness with Chinese bristle. (Oxangle, Oxford, Oxana)
How thick is your paint or finish?
Today's low VOC water-based paints tend to be thicker than older paints. These finishes require a stiffer brush. Brushes made with 100% polyester or with a combination of polyester and nylon are stiffer than 100% nylon brushes. Also, if you are painting during warm weather, use a brush with some polyester as nylon tends to soften at higher temperatures.
Are you using a water-based or oil-based finish?
For water-based finishes, use ONLY brushes made with synthetic bristles. Natural filaments, like Chinese bristle, soak up water and become floppy (like your hair when you wash it). For oil-based finishes, you can use brushes made with either synthetic or natural filaments. Although synthetic filament brushes may be used in with both water- or oil-based finishes, we do not recommend switching a brush back and forth between them. Dedicate your brushes to one type of finish and stick to it.