How to buy paint brushes

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Your choice of paint brushes will depend upon the amount of painting that you are going to do and the type of painting.

An infrequent DIY painter may take the “throw away” paint brush approach taking advantage of cheep paint brush products. The down side is that the finish may not be as good as professional grade paint brush and bristles will come out.

Somebody looking to decorate regularly or professionally will want to look at the better quality paint brushes that will give a good finish, get better with time and not loose bristles.

There are many types of paint brushes on the market for very specific jobs. A basic set will enable you to tackle the majority of painting and decorating jobs that you will find in the home.

Natural bristle paint brushes give the best finish especially with solvent based paints but tend to be more expensive. Synthetic brushes are not as good and tend to be used for water based paints but are adequate for solvents too.

The longer and thicker the bristle bed is the better a brush will tend to be. Cheap brushes tend to be stiff and hold less paint. More expensive brushes will be more flexible with natural brushes getting better and better with age.

Try and keep one set of brushes for water based and one set for oil based.

When using a paint brush load the bristles and then “pat” the paint brush against the inside of the container to remove excess paint. Avoid scraping the paint off the brush on the side of the tin as this leaves the brush too empty to give a good coverage.

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