Types of Paint Brushes
Angled Sash: This type of brush is often referred to as a “cutting brush,” as they are commonly used to “cut in” around your walls and other architectural designs when painting. The bristles on these brushes have been cut at a slant, which makes it significantly easier to make sure that you have nice, clean lines when you are painting. They are great for use on anything that has grooves that you need to get into, such as doors with panels, furniture, and cabinet fronts. They are also ideal for getting into small spaces, such as painting between window or door trim and the wall.
Wall: Wall brushes are generally very large and have a flat and square end as opposed to bristles that have been cut into an angle. They come in many different sizes so that you can easily choose one that will meet your needs, no matter whether you are painting paneling, doors, or walls. Choose from 3”, 4”, and 6” sizes, which are the most popular. One benefit of wall brushes is that they are available with a variety of different types of bristles. This means that you can easily choose the brush that will be easiest to use for your project and will work best with the type of paint that you have chosen.
Finishing: When you want to make sure that you will have a completely smooth surface that can withstand scrutiny without looking messy or streaky, then you will want to choose a finishing brush for the job. These brushes have bristles that are much softer than normal and are often made out of ox hair. They are a great choice for painting things such as finials on your banister, which everyone will be looking at each time they go up and down the stairs, or your kitchen cabinet doors. Anywhere that you want to make sure that you have a smooth finish on your painting job, you need to reach for a finishing brush.
Round Sash: These brushes have a very blunt end that is highly tapered and has soft edges. This type of paintbrush is great for covering large areas on your wall or other painting projects, and they are great for use when you need a lot of control over your paint and where you place it. They are ideal if you are going to be working with a decorative or faux finish for this reason. They are generally much smaller than other types of paint brushes and are typically available from 20 to 40 mm. in addition to being used for decorative purposes, these paint brushes are also very useful if you are working on small trim, such as window trim.
Flagged Bristle: Most square-cut brushes have bristles that are also cut in a square shape. While this is great for many purposes, these bristles don’t do a wonderful job of holding a lot of paint. If you want to make sure that you have a lot of surface area on your bristles so that you can pick up and hold as much paint as possible each time you dip your brush into the paint then you need to make sure to choose a brush that has flagged bristles. The bristles are going to be split at the end and will be visibly fuzzy. Thanks to the split end, not only can you pick up more paint with these brushes, but the paint will be released very smoothly, which will allow you to create a very smooth and clean finish.
Trim: Trim brushes have very short handles that allow the person using them to have complete control over the brush. This increase in control also means that the person using the brush will not get as easily fatigued when using it and is able to work much faster. The smaller size of these brushes increases the control the user has, making it much easier to maneuver them in smaller spaces. They can be used anywhere that you want to use an angled sash brush, but due to the smaller size and the way that the handle is designed, you are likely to have much better control and will be able to complete the job a lot faster when you use a trim brush.
Foam: While foam brushes aren’t used with every painting job that you are going to complete in your home, they are ideal in certain situations and will make some jobs a lot easier and faster. Foam brushes are specifically designed to be able to hold a lot of urethane, stain, and paint. They produce a very smooth finish on your final project, as long as you are careful not to leave behind a lot of air bubbles in the product you are working with. Due to their low cost, they are inexpensive enough to throw away when the job is done. Foam brushes are great for use on trim, cabinetry, and furniture, although you won’t see them used very often for larger spaces, such as painting the wall.
Stencil: If you are going to be doing any stencil work on your walls, then you need to make sure that you have the right brush for the job. Stencil brushes are very different than other types of paint brushes that you can use for major painting projects. They are round and have a lot of bristles packed very tightly together. The bristles are all the same length, which will allow the user to press paint against the wall and the stencil without worrying about the bristles lifting the side of the stencil and causing a mess.
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