How to Choose Quality Brushes

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 27, 2015)

Have you ever noticed how most people will simply grab a few brushes, some paint, and a few other tools when faced with a painting project? At best this will lead to a project that is only so-so when completed, while at worst you can easily end up with a project that doesn't look all that different from what you are trying to fix. By learning how to choose quality brushes you can go a long way to getting the best possible results. The reason for this is rather simple—using good quality materials will lead to a good quality project. Make sure that you have the best possible chances for your next project by following these guidelines.

  • Size. When choosing a quality brush, size really does matter. Trim brushes, also called sash brushes, are supposed to be used for small tight areas, and the better quality brushes will have tapered bristles. These bristles will allow you to get into corners and grooves much easier than with other types of brushes. Quality wide brushes (also known as wall brushes) are designed to cover large flat surfaces, and will have flat bristles to help do this.
  • Handles. The handles are going to be made of either plastic or wood. Make sure that you choose a handle that feels good to you, and that won't end up hurting you while you use it. This means if you are using a wood handle, you don't want to use one that will end up giving you splinters. Ideally, a wood handled paint brush will also have a sealant on it to help protect it from moisture.
  • Paint. Believe it or not, paint will actually play a large role in what type of paint brush you end up getting. The reason for this is rather simple, the type of paint will determine what type of bristles you will need to get. For example, when using any oil-based paint or varnish then you will want to use a natural bristled brush, which will hold onto the paint a lot easier.
  • Go with your gut. Appearances matter when choosing a quality brush, at least initially. If the brush doesn't look like it will work for you, then chances are it won't. Don't be afraid to try out different ones until you are able to find one that not only looks right, but feels right to you.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Pantry Organizing

There can be no bigger help to the burgeoning chef than an efficient and orderly kitchen. Of all the various parts of the ...

Discover More

Controlling the Temperature in Your Greenhouse

If there is one thing about a greenhouse that can cause frustration for most gardeners is the temperature. Proper precautions ...

Discover More

Repairing Cracked Plaster

It is a sad fact of life that plaster walls will become cracked, or have some fairly nasty holes after a while. Repairing ...

Discover More

Find the Right Tool Right Away Finally, a homeowner's set that includes all the tools needed to complete basic DIY projects at an affordable price! The tools are stored in a molded case for security and portability. Check out Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Choosing a Paint Roller

A paint roller is an extremely useful tool for any home improvement or home decorating project. Here are some guidelines that ...

Discover More

Selecting the Right Paint

There is more to getting the right paint than simply running out and picking up the first type of paint that you choose. If ...

Discover More

Should I Paint the Ceiling?

Have you ever asked yourself whether you should I paint the ceiling? While the answer is fairly simple, it isn't really that ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 4 + 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)