How to Choose the Right Paint Brush for Your Home

How to choose the right paint brush so that the result of staining will please you for many years? Firstly, while still in the store you need to carefully study the commodity packaging of the paint. It almost always contains recommendations for the brush with which this paint should be applied.

Then, having bought the paint (how to choose a paint can be found here), we hold the way to the tool department, where we select the paint tool we need. And in order not to “get lost” in the variety of paint brushes, consider their main types, depending on the bristle material and shape.


Rules for choosing a paint brush

A high-quality paint brush is distinguished by a thick cone-shaped bristle (the bristle hairs are shorter on the outside than the central ones).

The length of the bristles is one and a half times greater than its width.

The bristles are elastic and, after bending, quickly restore their shape.

If you pull the bristles, the hairs should not fall out.


How to choose the right paint brush

According to the type of bristles, paint brushes are divided into natural, synthetic brushes and brushes with mixed bristles. Natural bristle brushes are best used for oil based paints, varnish, varnishes, oil varnishes and wood oils. Natural bristles by nature have split ends, and the roughness of the surface of the hair increases the ability to collect and retain paint or varnish. In addition, natural bristles have a soft top.

Natural bristles

Upon contact with water, natural bristles swell, become stiff and lose their elasticity, so natural brushes should not be used for water-based paints and varnishes. For such paints and varnishes, there are modern brushes with synthetic bristles.

Synthetic brushes

Synthetic brushes are less susceptible to wear than natural brushes, and allow you to get a smoothly painted surface. Synthetic bristles can be given any shape that meets the purpose of the brush: straight, conical, solid or hollow. Fibers of synthetic brushes absorb and hold paintwork not only on the outer surface, but also on the inner cavity of each individual fiber, which allows you to increase the paintwork and subsequent recoil. This greatly improves productivity. And the production technology of synthetic brushes allows the production of fibers with predetermined parameters for elasticity, thickness, length and wear resistance to friction. Fibers of high-quality synthetic brushes remain the same straight and for the hundredth time after their use. Until recently, the lack of synthetic brushes was considered insufficient elasticity and poor paint retention, but modern production technologies allow you to grind and split the ends of artificial fibers just like natural bristle hairs, which now allows synthetic brushes to have the beneficial properties of natural bristles.

Mixed bristle brushes

Mixed bristle brushes combine the best properties of brushes with natural and artificial bristles: good paint intake and high wear resistance. Mixed bristle brushes are suitable for all types of paint, both water-based and oil-based, and are most often used for outdoor applications. Maneuvering with a different percentage of mixing artificial fibers and natural bristles, it is possible to achieve the necessary characteristics of elasticity, wear resistance and softness of the fibers necessary for performing certain types of painting work.


Types of brushes, depending on the shape.


Flat Brush

Flat Brush

This is a “classic” flat brush with different widths. The sizes of the flute brush are standard and are usually indicated in inches. The flute brush is universal, it can be painted on almost all types of surfaces, especially for flat surfaces. Such a brush is convenient to paint guides, corners, pipes, squares and other profiles of various types. The flute brush is available with natural or synthetic bristles and wooden or plastic handles.


Long reach paint brush

Long reach paint brush

Is a kind of classic brush. It also refers to flat paint brushes. Unlike the classic, the long reach paint brush has a longer and often curved handle. This feature allows you to paint any hard-to-reach spots with a radiator brush, including old heating radiators, which clearly follows from the name of the brush.

Block brush

This brush resembles a small brush in shape. The brush head has a short handle, which is often mounted on screws and is removable. Block brush is useful when washing whitewash from ceilings, priming and whitewashing large surfaces. Such a brush is also convenient when applying glue to the wallpaper, because picks up a lot of glue and speeds up gluing. The mackerel can even be used as a regular sweeping brush. This brush is convenient when applying viscous and thick materials, and when working with ordinary paints, the block brush is inconvenient and unproductive, since it incorporates a lot of paint. Brushes of the block brush are rectangular, oval and round.

It is easy to guess that brushes for varnish are used when working with various varnishes. The peculiarity of these brushes is that the tips of the bristles of these brushes are slightly fluffy, which allows the brush not to leave smudges and stains on the surface.

Brushes for varnish

And finally, do a simple test: pull the bristles of the brush, and if more than two bristles fall out, the brush is not high-quality and should not be purchased. Finally, make sure you are comfortable holding the brush in your hand. A quality brush with proper storage can last for years. Therefore, it should be comfortable.


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