How to Choose a Paintbrush

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How to Choose a Paintbrush


When it comes to keeping a project simple with great results, the brush is just as important as the paint. Keep these 4 categories in mind when deciding which applicator is right for you.

Soft vs. Stiff Depends on your surface.

Use softer brushes for a smooth, brushmark-free finish on smooth surfaces. Use stiffer brushes for crisp edges and rough surfaces.

Stiffer brushes are great for thicker and Low VOC coatings.

Angled vs. Flat Depends on your project.

Use angled brushes for cutting in around edges and corners. Use flat brushes for painting broad, flat areas like baseboards, window frames and tabletops.

Synthetic vs. Natural Depends on your coating.

Synthetic brushes are designed for all types of coatings, offering maximum versatility. Natural bristle brushes are designed for solvent- and oil-based coatings.

Handle Style

The right handle design can help you stay comfortable and productive for the entirety of your project.

Rattail handles are long, skinny and held like a pencil.

Fluted handles are square with cut-off corners to rest easier in your hand.

Beavertail handles are thick and round to fit nicely in the palm of your hand.

Short handles are for painting in tight spots where a longer handle would get in the way.

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