Choosing the Right Paint Brush
Choosing the right paint brush is an important step for any painting project. Hamilton’s Brushes offers some useful information to help you choose the right paint brush for any DIY project
Choosing the right paint brush
Does it matter what type of brush you use with any type of paint?
Generally, there are three types of paint brushes: those made of natural-hair bristles, those made with synthetic materials (usually nylon or polyester) and those made with a blend of natural hair and synthetic.
Traditionally natural bristle brushes are preferred for use with solvent-based (oil- or alkyd-based) paints, especially for enamel or finish work.
Natural bristles are hollow and can absorb the water contained in a latex paint, causing them to swell and become soft and limp (similar to your own hair when it is wet).
Most synthetic brushes work well with both latex and solvent-based paints, but always check the manufacturer’s recommendations on the brush. Some of the solvents used in solvent-based paints can break-down the compensation of a synthetic bristle-once again check the label.
The same above rules to choosing the right paint brush apply to paint rollers: synthetic vs. natural (wool).
Is an expensive paint brush really that much better than a cheap one?
High quality or more expensive brushes have distinct advantages over the cheaper ones. First of all, a high quality brush will finish the job more quickly. This is because a top-quality brush has the ability to “hold” more paint in reservoir, which means you will spend less time “painting the can” than applying the paint to the surface.
A top-quality brush will also not shed bristles like a cheaper brush, because of how firmly the bristles are seated in the ferrule (the metal band that attaches the bristles to the handle), and also determined by the material used as plugs (space plugs inside the ferrule that bond the bristles in the ferrule, add taper to the bristles, and finally create “wells” in the center of the bristles to hold paint) in the ferrule.
Also, a top-quality brush will have a tapered end, which means there are shorter bristles on the outside and longer bristles in the center. Tapered bristles give the painter more control over where and how much paint goes onto the surface, which is important to consider when choosing the right paint brush.
How does a good quality paint brush benefit me and my painting project?
- Outstanding finish appearance
- Faster overall painting with less effort
- Easier “cutting in” for those tight areas
- Less bristle or filament shedding (Hamilton’s Perfection Ensign = Guaranteed no bristle loss)
- No unsightly brush streaks/striation (also dependent on the type and quality of the paint and skill of user)
If you are still unsure about choosing the right paint brush for your DIY painting project, let us know in the comments section below!
Choosing the Right Paint Roller
Choosing the right paint roller is an important step for any painting project. Hamilton’s Brushes offers some useful information to help you in choosing the right paint roller for your DIY project
Choosing the right paint roller
Choosing the right paint roller
The fabric is referred to as pile or nap. The nap type and length determines the finish, with the longer nap often leaving a pattern on the surface. The choice of roller is dependent on the type of paint being used and the surface being painted.
Solvent-based paints are generally applied with a short pile mohair roller onto smooth surfaces.
Water-based paints are generally applied with sheepskin, bended synthetic of foam rollers.
- Long pile is used for rough surfaces
- Foam is use for smooth and semi smooth surfaces
- Medium pile is used for semi rough and textured surfaces
NB: Velour rollers – foam with a ‘light orange/pink” membrane are increasingly popular and result in a finish close to that of sprayed application, when using non drip polyurethanes/enamels like Plascon Velvaglo.
What should I look for to determine if a roller is of good quality?
- Run your hand over the roller to see if it sheds any lint. If it doesn’t, it’s probably a good roller.
- Check both ends of the roller to see if there is any fabric hanging over either end. Good quality rollers are “bevelled” and there should be no overhanging fabric.
- Look for the seam in the roller. If you don’t see one, then it is probably a good roller. If you see any gaps in the roller or loose backing at either end that means the roller is of inferior quality.
- The quality of the fabric together with the method used to manufacture a roller impacts on the quality of the end product and ultimately on the quality of the paint job.
How does a good quality roller benefit me and my painting project?
Saves times and produces a quality finish. Quality rollers hold more paint and allow for an even film thickness, (levels the paint finish without shadows or valleys). Cheaper rollers often result in a number of coats having to be applied, which is costly and time consuming. A quality paint roller:
- Will not delaminate during use
- Will not shed lint on the painted surface
- (Check manufacturer’s instructions before using epoxy and/or industrial coatings)