5 More Paintbrushes That Are Perfect for the Job

Dated: May 10 2021

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5 More Paintbrushes That Are Perfect for the Job

You never claimed to be a painting pro. So when it comes to purchasing rollers and paintbrushes for projects around the house the roller/brush combo pack at the hardware store seems like it should be enough to get the job done.

The reality is that there are a wide variety of paintbrushes to use for your jobs, and each performs a different task. To help enhance your next painting project consider these five types of paintbrushes and their specific uses.

Flagged Bristle

Flagged bristle brushes, also known as “exploded bristle” brushes, are split at the ends to create more surface area, which allows the brushes to hold more paint. These brushes release paint smoothly and yield a cleaner finish.

Synthetic Bristles

If you’re working with water-based latex paints and finishes then brushes made of nylon or polyester bristles, or a blend of these two synthetic materials, work best. They retain their shape and stiffness, and with proper care can last a long time. To clean them, simply use water.

Natural Bristle

If you’re applying oil-based paints, urethanes, and shellac then a natural bristle brush, made of animal hair, is best for the job. The tip is naturally flagged, which can help you achieve a smooth finish. This brush’s stiffer bristles make it easier to apply thicker products.

Short-Handled Trim Brush

A short-handled trim brush can make painting trim and cutting-in easier, since it allows for better maneuverability in tight spaces. Use can use it anywhere you would use an angled sash brush, which we discussed in our previous post on paintbrushes.

Foam Brush

Foam brushes can absorb and hold all kinds of paints, urethanes, and stains. They create a smooth finish and are inexpensive enough to throw away after finishing your job. These brushes are ideal for use on furniture, cabinetry, and trim.

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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