Written by April Reinhardt (last updated March 18, 2019)
Consider the surface area that you are working with when choosing a paintbrush. If you are painting trim or molding, you need a small brush than the type you need for a wall. Experts agree that you will only need three types of paintbrushes for completing home painting projects. For walls, use a four-inch wall brush. For sash and trim work, use a one-and-a-half-inch sash brush and a two-inch trim brush. Angled brushes are good for trims and moldings, while flat brushes are best for painting up to the edge of corners.
If your painting project involves a large room, or several rooms, remember that you will hold a paintbrush in your hand for a long period of time, and choose a handle with which you are comfortable. While you're perusing paintbrushes at the hardware store, hold the paintbrush in your hand and imagine yourself using it for a long time. A large handle on a four-inch brush will most likely be better than a skinny handle, such as on a trim brush.
Remember to clean your paintbrushes when your project is complete. If you maintain your brushes properly, they will last for years over many home painting projects.
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