How to Pick the Best Brush for Your Painting Project

Paint brushes have been used for centuries, with evidence of brush-like tools used for painting dating back to ancient civilisations such as Egypt and China. However, the modern paintbrush, as we know it today, is believed to have been invented in the early 15th century in Europe.

The first paint brush was made by tying animal hairs to the end of a stick or handle. The bristles were typically made from animal hair, such as hog or horsehair. Over time, brushes were refined and improved, creating new shapes and sizes to meet different painting needs.

In the 19th century, the industrial revolution led to the development of mass production techniques, which made paint brushes more widely available and affordable. The advent of synthetic fibres in the 20th century also led to new types of brushes with unique properties.

Today, paint brushes are used for various painting applications, from fine art to house painting. They are available in several shapes, sizes, and materials to suit different painting styles.

Tips for Finding the Best Paint Brush for Interior Work

Although any brush or roller is better than nothing for your DIY painting work, your project will proceed more efficiently when you have the best options for your situation. Since every room has different qualities and challenges to consider, you’ll want to review these tips to pick the best tools for your upcoming work.

1. Consider the Paint Brush Type

Different paint types require various brushes to apply quickly and smoothly. For example, oil-based paints require natural bristle brushes, while water-based paints require synthetic brushes. 

Make sure you select a brush that is compatible with the type of paint you will be using.

2. Think About Bristle Quality 

The quality of the bristles is crucial as it affects the paint application and finish. High-quality bristles will hold more paint, distribute it evenly, and create a smoother finish. 

Look for bristles that are firm and flexible that do not shed easily. Here are some of the options you can find for your paint project.

  • Natural bristles are made from animal hair, usually from the hog or boar. Natural bristle brushes are ideal for oil-based paints and varnishes, as the bristles are naturally tapered and hold more paint, allowing for a smoother application. They are not recommended with water-based paints, as the bristles can become splayed and lose their shape.
  • Synthetic brushes are made from polyester, nylon, or a combination of both. They are suitable for use with all types of paints, as they are durable, easy to clean, and maintain their shape. This option also tends to be more affordable.
  • Blended bristles combine natural and synthetic products to deliver both benefits.

3. Select the Correct Paint Brush Size

The size you need will depend on the size of the surface you will be painting. For larger surfaces, you will need a larger brush, while smaller surfaces will require a smaller one. 

Generally, a two-inch brush is suitable for most interior painting projects.

If you’re planning to paint large walls or open spaces, a paintbrush of three or four inches is often a better choice to cover the area quickly. Experienced painters might choose something smaller to handle edges and corners without swapping to a different tool.

Thicker paints and primers, especially those with textured finishes, might need a larger brush to apply the product evenly. When using a thinner product, such as latex, it’s usually better to select a smaller paintbrush to do the work.

4. Review the Paint Brush Shape 

Paint Brushes come in different shapes, including flat, angled, and round. Flat brushes are ideal for large, flat surfaces, while angled designs are ideal for cutting around corners and edges. Round brushes are best for detailed work and for painting curved surfaces.

5. Pick the Right Grip

Painting can be tiring and repetitive, so choosing a brush with a comfortable grip is essential. Look for a product with a comfortable handle that is easy to hold and that will not cause hand fatigue or cramping.

6. Review the Price

While it is important to choose a high-quality brush, you should also consider the cost. Some products can be expensive, but they may offer superior quality and durability. Think about your budget and choose the best brush you can afford.

Although high-quality paint brushes often cost more, the investment ensures you don’t have debris, bristles, or runs appear in your paint project. In return, you’ll spend less time applying each coat, ensuring that the time savings equals the initial expense. You can rest assured that our team is always here for you if you’re looking to hand over the process to professionals. Contact our friendly team today for your complimentary colour consultation!