Choose the Right Paintbrush

Learn these important tips in choosing the right paint brush for your painting project.
Preparing a Painting kit for any Painting Project

Preparing a Painting kit for any Painting Project

Use synthetic-bristle brushes (left) for latex paints and natural-bristle brushes for oil-based paints

Use synthetic-bristle brushes (left) for latex paints and natural-bristle brushes for oil-based paints

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Paint can hide many imperfections, but if it's not applied properly, it can reveal them as well. If you aren't careful, you could end up with bubbles or bristles on the wall.

One of the most important tools for painting is the paintbrush. When purchasing one, make sure that it has flagged bristles, which help the brush hold more paint and spread it more evenly. The bristles should also be "chiseled," with the middle bristles longer than the outer ones. For trim work, use an angled sash brush.

higher quality paints produce fewer splatters

higher quality paints produce fewer splatters

Photo by: Blake Brinkman

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