Do you get overwhelmed when you go to the paint store and dee a sea of paint brushes? Why so many? Dozens of them are available in all shapes and sizes material materials and bristle types. Professionals always get great results; in part due to the brushes we use and how we take care of them. A lot of experience is involved as well but the paint brushes make a difference. Getting close to the results of a professional can be done through using the right tools and knowing which brush to use for different tasks. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. offers helpful tips below.
Best Paint Brushes for Different Painting Tasks
Angle sash – Smooth clean edges are created by using this brush. It is used to cut into the ceilings or for painting trim.
Thin Angle Sash – This brush is identical to the regular angle sash but is smaller for narrow areas that are too tight for a regular.
Flat Sash – As the name implies, a flat sash is the perfect brush to paint flat surfaces.
Trim Brush – This is the brush to use in large areas and is excellent for painting exteriors.
Wall brush – Wall brushes are similar to trim brushes but larger. They hold more paint and provide efficient, even coverage for large, flat surfaces
What is the Best Material for a Paint Brush?
Natural bristle brushes are best suited when painting with oil-based paint, varnish, shellac or polyurethane paint. Polyester or nylon-polyester blend brushes are good to use when painting with latex paints.
How to Keep Paint Brushes in Good Condition
After you have chosen the perfect brush, you need to know how to take care of it. After you have finished painting you need to run water over the bristle until the water is running clear. You can use a brush comb to make sure there isn’t any paint left at the base of the bristles. If you’ve used oil-based paint, then you need to use paint thinner to rinse the brush out with. Use a mason jar with a lid that’s wide enough to dip the brush into and swirl the brush to rinse it. Never dump paint thinner down the drain though! After the paint solids have settled to the bottom of the jar all you need to so is pour the rest of the thinner into another mason jar to store it till the next time. It’s always better to wait for the solids to dry and dispose of them the right way. Buying cheap brushes will cost you more in the long run as you’ll throw them out more often.