Types of Paint Brushes

Types of Paint Brushes

Types of Paint Brushes

When starting a home painting project, no matter how big or small, it’s important to consider the tools you’re going to use. When choosing a paint brush or roller, consider the type of job you want to do and the paint you’ll be using. There are also several bristle types that you’ll need to think about if you’re using a paint brush, or the material the roller is made of.

Types of Paint Brushes

Brushes for oil paints

Natural bristle brushes are used for applying oil based paints. Natural bristle brushes are made from natural sources such as animal hairs which include hairs of hogs, ox, badgers, camel, horse, etc. If natural bristle brushes are used for water or latex based paints, they will absorb the water in the water or latex based paints and will quickly swell out of shape. Ox hair bristles are best for interior painting where an ultra fine finish is required.


Brushes for Water Based (Latex) Paints

Synthetic bristle brushes are generally used for application of water or latex based paints. Synthetic bristle brushes are man-made plastics such as nylon, polyester, or a combination of both. Nylon bristle brush is mostly recommended for water based paints. Polyester bristle brushes are used for applying wood stains, shellac or lacquer.

3. Combined synthetic and natural bristle:

This mixed blend of synthetic and natural bristles gives you a good finish with all types of paint.

Brush Sizes

Paint brushes come in many shapes and sizes, so it can be difficult to know where to start when looking for the right one for your job. Once you’ve decided on the type of job you’re doing, and picked the right type of paint brush, you’ll need to choose a size.
1″ to 2″ for window sand other small trim
3″ for glossy paints on doors and cabinets
4″ for large, flat areas

Types of brush

1. Angle sash brush

Ideal for cutting in corners and hard-to-reach areas, giving you that perfect line finish.

2. Masonry brush

Perfect for block work or rough-cast dashing.

3. No-loss brush

Each bristle is wrapped around the block, so no strands come loose and get stuck in the paint.

4. Radiator brush

Great for those hard-to-reach places as it’s angled and has a long handle.

5. Round brush

The decorator’s choice, this superbly crafted brush has a unique head with high quality bristles to give a consistent finish. Ideal for painting sash windows or cutting in or round curved objects with any type of paint, its long handle means easier control during use.

6. Shed and fence brush

A chunky brush which holds lots of paint, making it great for covering large fencing areas.

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