Popular Types of Paint Brushes


If you are planning a remodeling project, painting is likely at the top of that list. The type of paint brush you use is very important in how the overall project will turn out. Using the wrong kind of paint brush can leave behind brush strokes or lines on the wall that are unsightly and unappealing. There are three main paint brush types consisting of a variety of materials. Knowing what some of the most popular types of paint brushes are and how and when to use them can simplify your next home decor project.

SkilToolsWall Brush

When it comes time to getting the most coverage for your wall or painting surface, a wall brush is the standard choice. This type of brush varies in size, but is often between 3 and 4 inches in width. The wide width allows the bristles a broad coverage range so you can complete the job faster. A wall brush may be used in conjunction with a roller to provide broad coverage. Be sure that all uneven surfaces have been finished with a sander prior to painting for optimal craftsmanship. It is important to choose a wall brush that has new bristles or like-new bristles if re-using an old brush. Uneven or stiff bristles can lead to streaks on your wall or the paint not adhering properly. There are two main types of bristles — natural or synthetic. A natural brush is often derived from ox or animal hair. They are long lasting and provide the smoothest finish of all types of paint brushes. When using a natural bristle brush, it is recommended that you choose a quality oil or water-based paint or varnish. Synthetic wall brushes are the most popular and the least expensive. Using a combination of nylon and polyester materials, a synthetic bristle brush creates a shiny, well-preserved bristle. Keep in mind that not all synthetic wall brushes are made of high quality materials nor will they withstand repeated long-term usage. Keep brushes clean after use and allow to dry completely for the best chance of preservation.

Trim Brush

A trim brush offers a smaller, slimming rectangle design as opposed to a standard wide wall brush. Per its namesake, the trim brush is a smaller, skinnier brush that is perfect for getting into corners and hard-to-reach places that you can’t paint with a wide angle wide brush. You will definitely need a trim brush when getting into the corners of a room or to paint smaller wood trim surfaces around doorways and windows. Select tapered bristles that are chiseled at the ends for a smooth and even finish. Split bristled trim brushes are perfect for defined edges and allow the paint to adhere more evenly. When you need to cut into corners and paint frame work and molding areas, a trim brush is an excellent choice. A synthetic based trim brush is a good choice for small woodworking projects as well as craft projects requiring an acrylic paint base paint.

Angle Sash

If you have a large paint job, chances are that you will also be spending a lot of time cutting into tight spaces with your paint lines and meeting trim pieces. An angle sash is a good choice for getting each bristle into tight corners with ease. As opposed to a standard wall brush, the angle sash has an angled edge so you can apply paint to corners and follow through with a nice, clean stroke. Synthetic and natural bristles are both popular choices with an angle sash brush. Consider using firm, solid bristle brushes as opposed to hollow bristles which could bend and flick paint onto unwanted areas. A solid wood handle is an excellent choice to avoid breakage midway through a project. A gold-plated steel ferrule will also help repel paint from the handle area and secure the longevity of the brush.

Using a combination of all brush types will allow you to complete your project with ease, creating both a professional and flawless outcome.


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