3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Paintbrush
Painting is a great way to freshen up a room. But, don’t be fooled into thinking it will be quick and easy. Doing the job right requires a certain amount of skill and knowledge; not to mention the right tools. Before you begin your next painting project, be sure that you have everything you need on hand – including the right paintbrushes. If you aren’t sure about which ones to buy, check out these three important factors to consider when choosing the perfect paintbrush for your project.
1. The Type of Paint You Will be Using
The paintbrush you choose will depend a great deal on the type of paint being used. For instance, synthetic brushes made of nylon, polyester, or a combination of both are designed for latex paint. Brushes made of natural fiber bristles (like animal hair) are best for painting with oil-based paints. Use the wrong brush material with the wrong paint and you will discover the bristles becoming limp, and the area being painted streaky.
2. The Type of Surface Being Painted
Go shopping for a new paintbrush and you will soon discover that there are dozens of choices. With paintbrush sizes ranging from ¼ inch to 5 inches in width, you may be tempted to pick the biggest one (after all, that’ll help you get done faster, right?). Wait a minute. When it comes to painting, bigger is not always better. Professional painting experts know the golden rule of painting: choose a brush slightly smaller than the surface being painted. This helps you better control the painting and keep excessive dripping from ruining the job. Still not sure which paintbrush is best? Here a quick guide to help you choose:
- Painting small trim or a window? Use a 1-2 inch width brush
- Doors and cabinets – use a 3-inch brush
- Large flat areas – opt for a 4-5 inch brush
3. Your Experience Level
Watch a professional painter at work and you will be amazed at how quickly he can finish a job – sometimes without ever changing his paintbrush. Someone who has years of experience at painting may be able to complete a project with only a few different brushes on hand, but that isn’t the case for the novice or weekend painter. Most of us average folk need some help making our finished projects look smooth and neat.
Choosing the right paintbrush can help keep your next paint job from appearing messy and child-like. This includes knowing which bristle cut and tip to use for every area of the room. Not sure what to choose? Here are a few tips to follow when brush shopping:
- Square Edged Brushes work best when covering large areas like walls and doors.
- Angled sash bristles are best for cutting around doorways, moldings and other smaller areas. Use a thin angle brush corners and sharp angles and a regular angle brush for cutting in ceilings.
- Tipped or pointed ends are great for general painting projects. While flagged or split ends offer a professional looking cover, they can be expensive and are usually reserved for professional painters with more experience.
Finding a Painting Pro
Not everyone is ready to tackle printing their home on their own. If you want the job done right, call in a team of professionals from Tar Heel Painters.