Which Paintbrush Should I Use?

When it comes to choosing a brush for house painting projects, the selection available can be a little daunting. Paintbrushes come in many shapes and sizes, and how are you supposed to know the difference between an angle sash brush or a straight-edge? Being knowledgeable painters near Northborough, MA, Target Painting & Contracting is aware of which brushes are best to use.

Brushes with flagged bristles are some of the best to use, as they are lightly split to hold more paint and spread smoothly. Along those same lines, tipped bristles are another great option, as they are slightly tapered to help release an even, controllable amount of paint.

A Nylon bristle brush is good to use for water-based paint, and natural bristles are ideal for oil-based paint. Foam brushes are good for intricate work, including painting window castings or molding. These brushes typically last for one use before they are hard to use and tear easily.

Painting pads are flat paint applicators that are usually rectangular. They give great coverage and give a smooth, even finish. They are cleaner to use than rollers since there is no spray, but they do need reloading more often.

Paintbrushes used for water-based paint should be cleaned with soap and water immediately after painting. If the paint dries on the brush, you will need special solvents to remove it. You want to be careful not to dispose of paint in an area where it can seep into groundwater.

When cleaning oil-based paints, you will need a solvent such as paint thinner. You can pour about two inches of thinner into a metal container and swirl the brush in it until the paint comes off. Afterward, rinse with soap and water. When the oil-based paint dries on a brush, soak it in thinner for a few minutes before cleaning.

Keep in mind that rags, steel wool, sanding dust or waste soaked with an oil-based product can catch fire if it is improperly discarded. Place any items that need to be disposed of in a water-filled metal container.

You can wrap wet paintbrushes in plastic or waxed paper and seal it with a rubber band or aluminum foil. To maintain their shape, hang brushes upside down.

Fortunately, there are professionals out there who can make painting your home simple, because we will do it all for you. From materials to products to experienced painters, worry less about the brushes and allow us to make painting a simple and exciting experience.

If you’re searching for the best exterior painters in Wayland, Massachusetts, Target Painting is the company for your needs. To learn more about our services, check out our website or give us a call today at (877) 646-8274.

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