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DIY Painting and Decorating tips: How to Chose the Right Paint Brush

The range of choice available today for the DIY painter decorator has grown massively – almost all painting hardware stores now stock shelf after shelf of paint brushes by various manufacturers, and of varied quality. The mistake most DIY enthusiasts make when choosing their brushes is the make their decision based on brand or price, with a little knowledge you can guarantee improved results. We are often required to repaint over poor handiwork, one of the most common problems we find is wayward bristles stuck in the paintwork – this is the mark of low quality brushes and can be easily avoided by adhering to the following tips;

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1. Which bristles are best?

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When confronted with the choice of brushes the first thing to check for is the type of fibre used for the bristles. The 3 most popular options are natural fibre, synthetic nylon blends and polyester filament. Each type of fibre is well suited to a specific painting job.

Natural fibres work well with virtually all types of oil based paints, varnishes and stains. However they should be avoided when working with latex based paints and coats.

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Synthetic fibres are fantastic for all types of painting and decorating work due to the high stiffness of the bristles, and the fact that they tend to shed bristles far less often. Synthetic bristles are ideally suited for all paints including oil based, latex based, water based, varnishes, wood stains and other types of coating.

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2. What is the best material for the brush handle?

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We always recommend choosing a wooden handled paint brush for the optimum balance between strength and weight. Wood is durable enough to withstand the constant day to day demands placed by a decorator in London, it is also light enough to prevent the dreaded hand cramps.

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3. Be sure to check your ferrule!

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The ferrule is the metal fitting that connects your bristles to the paint brush. Whenever possible it is best to go for a stainless steel option. This will ensure that if cared for properly your brushes will last you years.

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You may not have known that selecting a paint brush gave you so many options. It is best to invest in a quality set of paint brushes that cost a bit more. Then, take care of them and keep them around for your next job. When you invest in quality, you can count on using those brushes to help you to complete more jobs over the years, quickly and efficiently.

The range of choice available today for the DIY painter decorator has grown massively – almost all painting hardware stores now stock shelf after shelf of paint brushes by various manufacturers, and of varied quality. The mistake most DIY enthusiasts make when choosing their brushes is the make their decision based on brand or price, with a little knowledge you can guarantee improved results. We are often required to repaint over poor handiwork, one of the most common problems we find is wayward bristles stuck in the paintwork – this is the mark of low quality brushes and can be easily avoided by adhering to the following tips;

1. Which bristles are best?

When confronted with the choice of brushes the first thing to check for is the type of fibre used for the bristles. The 3 most popular options are natural fibre, synthetic nylon blends and polyester filament. Each type of fibre is well suited to a specific painting job.

Natural fibres work well with virtually all types of oil based paints, varnishes and stains. However they should be avoided when working with latex based paints and coats.

Synthetic fibres are fantastic for all types of painting and decorating work due to the high stiffness of the bristles, and the fact that they tend to shed bristles far less often. Synthetic bristles are ideally suited for all paints including oil based, latex based, water based, varnishes, wood stains and other types of coating.

2. What is the best material for the brush handle?

We always recommend choosing a wooden handled paint brush for the optimum balance between strength and weight. Wood is durable enough to withstand the constant day to day demands placed by a decorator in London, it is also light enough to prevent the dreaded hand cramps.

3. Be sure to check your ferrule!

The ferrule is the metal fitting that connects your bristles to the paint brush. Whenever possible it is best to go for a stainless steel option. This will ensure that if cared for properly your brushes will last you years.

You may not have known that selecting a paint brush gave you so many options. It is best to invest in a quality set of paint brushes that cost a bit more. Then, take care of them and keep them around for your next job. When you invest in quality, you can count on using those brushes to help you to complete more jobs over the years, quickly and efficiently.

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