Are you ready to freshen up those walls or change the color of your exterior trim? If so, you will need the correct supplies to spread your paint. While choosing a paintbrush can be as daunting a task as selecting toothpaste, consider these characteristics when determining the right brush for your project.
The most common two paintbrush shapes are the angled brush and the square-cut brush. Square-cut brushes are for general use and allow for large areas of coverage. Angled brushes provide a fine point for detailed work such as trim and ceiling cut-ins.
Versatility and durability are synonymous with many brushes. Nylon/polyester blended brushes work well with all latex paints. These brushes maintain their shape and give a consistent finish.
Natural-bristles, made from animal hairs, work well with varnishes and oil-based finishes. These brushes provide a smooth application
Professional painters often choose nylon paintbrushes for easy application. Use caution in higher temperatures so the bristles will not be damaged.
When painting windows or other trim, choose a brush that is 2” wide or less. Large, flat surfaces such as walls or siding benefit from a 4” wide brush or bigger. Everything in between, such as doors and cabinets and other general purpose jobs, can be managed with a 2 ½” to 3 ½” brush.
For roll on application, you must choose the length of the fibers that make up the roller, also known as nap size. The smaller the nap roller, the shorter and more tightly grouped the fibers will be. Larger nap rollers will have longer fibers and feel softer. Nap options vary from ¼” nap to 1” nap and work on smooth surfaces to rougher surfaces, respectively.
A variety of brushes exists. One is the best brush for your project. Take time to choose the proper paintbrush before you begin. With the correct brush in hand, your project will go smoother and quicker.
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