Choosing the Right Type of Paintbrush for your Home

by Houston Texas Painters - August 28, 2017

how to select the right paintbrush

Choosing the right paintbrush is not as simple as getting a random brush at the local hardware store. There are different types of brushes for every task. Don’t risk spending money on cheap paint brushes that never actually perform well.

Cheap brushes often have loose bristles which will come off strand-by-strand as soon as you start painting. You wouldn’t want stray strands ruining your painting project, right? To prevent that from happening, there are some things you must consider before you start painting.  This guide will help you through it.

Here are the things you must know in choosing your paintbrush:

Bristle Type

If you don’t use the right type of bristles it can make your painting time very difficult. Also, you want your paint brushes to last so you do not need to buy a new one for every paint job. There are two different types of bristles, each specifically made for the kind of paint you’re using.

  • Natural-Bristle

The strands of natural-bristle brushes are made of animal hair and recommended for oil-based paint.  Those bristles will absorb the water content of the paint if you use this type of brush for water-based paints like latex,  which will make it difficult to spread the paint and the strands will become limp. Using the natural-bristle brush for oil-based paints works because they hold more paint while the oil content allows those bristles to keep their form, assuring a smoother paint release and finish.

  • Synthetic Bristle

This type of bristle is often made of polyester or nylon, sometimes both. Polyester is the best known and most frequently used type of brush for latex paint because it holds its shape and stiffness while providing a smooth and even paint application. A combination of polyester and nylon is also called blended nylon or blended polyester brushes. High quality blended brushes will have both the polyester’s shape retention and the durability of the nylon bristle. Blended brushes should last quite long if handled with proper care.


Brush Sizes

All brushes can get the work done, but choosing the right brush size can provide remarkable impact to your efficiency. Imagine using an artist’s paintbrush to finish an entire bedroom!

  • 1″ to 2″: these brushes are best for window panes and other small trim areas.
  • 3″: best for cabinets and doors
  • 4″: best for larger and flat surfaces


Bristle Shape or Brush Ends

Before you finish this article, you probably thought about buying a good old square-shaped brush. It’s the most common brush type found today. In spite of that, square brushes will not give you the control you need when you paint corners and narrow edges. Here are some of the different shapes or end-cuts of brushes you can choose from:

  • Angled Brush – This bristle shape is best for painting window trims and narrow areas.
  • Chisel Trim Brush – These are slanted bristles used for painting straight lines, corners, and edges.
  • Square Trim Brush – as mentioned, square brushes provide faster paint application which is why it’s mostly used for painting over large, flat areas.

We hope this guide has helped you have a clear grasp of the things you must consider in choosing the proper paint brush. But if you’re busy and don’t have the time and workforce to handle your paint job, you can hire expert paint contractors to do the messy work for you. Just tell them what you want to be done, then you can sit back while you watch them do their magic. Have your home look as good as new to the best home painting contractors!

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