Types of paintbrushes and paintbrush bristles & when to use them
Understanding you’re the right paintbrushes and rollers to use for what purpose is the first step to painting correctly, so we’re going to run through the main types and when and where you should use them in your home or other residential painting projects.
Paint Brush Bristle Types
The main options are:
1) Synthetic bristle
2) Natural bristle
3) Combined synthetic and natural bristle
More about each bristle type:
Paint best used with: Water-based paints, including emulsion and water-based gloss
Benefits: Hard-wearing, doesn’t absorb a lot of water/paint, doesn’t cause tramlines (which can ruin the appearance and increase the drying time)
Paint best used with: Solvent-based paints
Area best used for: Skirting boards, doors, wall surfaces
Benefits: Split ends create a fine finish, takes on water/paint so paint can be held and spread evenly
Paint best used with: All paint
Area best used for: All Areas
Benefits: The combined bristle gives you flexibility with the blend of synthetic and natural bristles, so you can get a good finish with any type of paint.
Brush sizes and the best option for each painting job
Around window frames or electrical sockets: 25mm
Skirting boards, door frames, architraves and regular panel doors: 50mm
Large panel doors: 75mm
Walls and ceilings: 100mm-150mm
Types of Brushes and Brush Designs
Below are the main types of paint brush designs, along with an example of where you would use this type of brush.
Angle sash brush
This simple angled brush design is perfect for getting into hard-to-reach areas, tricky corners and is great for getting a good line along ceiling edges.
This wide and thick paintbrush with long bristles is great for exterior painted brickwork or render work.
This paintbrush is engineered specifically to ensure that bristles cannot come lose with normal use. This stops filaments getting stuck in the paint. These types of brushes can be used for most interior painting jobs, with nearly any paint.
With an angled bristle head and long handle, this paintbrush is ideal for painting and cleaning areas that are difficult to reach. Can be used with all paints.
This round-headed brush is the perfect choice for precision painting jobs, with excellent quality bristles to give a great finish and a long handle for better control during use. This brush is brilliant for cutting in and around objects, or painting around glass such as for sash window panes.
Shed and fence brush
This wide and short brush is good at holding paint, making it a great choice when covering large areas quickly, such as when painting – would you believe it! – fences and sheds.
We hope you found this paintbrush guide useful, and if you have any questions about any of the above paintbrushes, or want more info on any more, let us know and we’ll put up a specific guide for that brush.
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