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!