Choosing the Correct Paint Brush When Painting Your House

Choosing the Correct Paint Brush When Painting Your House

Choosing the Correct Paint Brush

Just as you need to use the correct paint for your paint project, choosing the proper brush is equally important. How do you know how to choose the right brush with so many choices? Read on for a guide to the right one.

Understanding Brushes

To select the right paintbrush, you need to understand the purpose behind each one.

Bristle Types

Brushes are made with natural bristles or synthetic fiber bristles. There are also one-time-use foam brushes.

Brush Sizes

Brushes come in a variety of sizes. The handle’s length and the brush’s width are essential to consider for your project. Some come with longer handles, others with shorter, fatter handles.

Brush End Types

You have choices of brush ends that are straight across, also known as square cut, slanted, and rounded.

Matching the Brush with the Job

Now that you know the types of brushes, which one works for which kind of paint job? Natural brushes are better for wood stain, varnish, and all urethane- enamel- and oil-based paints. Synthetics are best for acrylic, latex, and alkyd paints. Foam brushes are best for small, quick projects or testing patches of paint. When done, dispose of them instead of washing them.

Common Paintbrush Questions

Are cheap paint brushes any good? Less expensive paint brushes may look like more costly brushes; however, they can be made differently. Sometimes the bristles slide out and get stuck in your paint or on the wall. The metal ring holding the bristles can rust, and they may not withstand washing and clean very well. We suggest investing in a few high-quality brushes. You will get more use and better coverage for your money.

What brushes do pro painters and decorators use?

The professionals’ most popular brands are Wooster, Benjamin Moore, and Corona. You can shop paintbrushes on

What paint brush gives the smoothest finish?

To achieve a smooth finish, you must use the right brush with the correct paint. Make sure your paint is thoroughly mixed. Prep your surface, so it’s clean and smooth. Make sure you have a decent amount of paint on the brush. Do not apply too much pressure, and ensure the first coat is completely dry before you apply the second coat.

If you still have questions, we invite you to speak with one of our experience paint associates. We also have product demonstrations for a hands-on experience. Or explore our selection of quality brushes online at