Dirty Paint brushes
27 Feb

Types of Paintbrushes and Paintbrush Bristles

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:

Synthetic Bristles

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)

Natural Bristles

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

Combined Bristles

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.

Masonry brush
This wide and thick paintbrush with long bristles is great for exterior painted brickwork or render work.

No-loss brush
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.

Radiator brush
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.

Round brush
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.

Check back again soon for more painting and decorating tips and info!