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Choosing the Right Paint Brush

Choosing the Right Paint Brush

When it comes to painting any area of your home, there are a few very important questions to ask yourself. One such question is regarding which type of brush to use, and when it comes to the answer, you have a ton of options.

Brush Type

When it comes to choosing a brush type, you generally have three options: natural bristle, synthetic bristle, or foam. Natural bristle brushes are usually made with hog or ox hair, and are best used with oil based paints. Synthetic bristle brushes, on the other hand, are made with either nylon, polyester, or a blend of the two, and are best used with water based paints. Foam brushes are suitable for either oil or water based paints, but are best used with stains and finishes. Unlike bristle brushes, they are generally only used for quick projects and touch-ups, and are generally thrown away after each use.


Brush Size

Choosing the right brush size is a relatively easy task, as it will more often than not match the size of the area that you are painting. For walls and large surfaces, the wider the brush the better, but for trim, edges, and other small surfaces such as furniture, a small brush of no more than one or two inches should do the trick.


Brush Shape

The cut of a brush tip can play a large role in the areas which the brush is best suited to paint. For instance, when painting corners or areas where the wall meets either trim or ceiling, you’ll want a brush with a beveled tip. On the other hand, for areas even more delicate, sash or angled sash brushes work best.


Brush Quality

The quality of brush that you use will make itself apparent both in the brush’s appearance as well as in the quality of the paint job itself. Good brushes will have more bristles to hold more paint, and will be made of better materials and will be rust-resistant around the area where the the bristles are attached to the handle. Poor quality brushes will have fewer bristles and of lower quality, and will be prone to rusting around the handle as well as bristles frequently falling out. The right brush will create smooth and polished finishes, and can last for many years if cleaned and cared for properly after each use, whereas a brush of bad quality will require more coats and be somewhat disposable.


No matter what your next painting project calls for, Shell Lumber & Hardware has brushes in every size and shape imaginable. To check out our brushes as well as large selection of paint colors and finishes, visit us today at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue in Miami, or call us any time at (305) 856-6401.


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