While it can be tempting to skimp on your paintbrush quality to save a buck, this is highly discouraged. All paintbrushes are not created equally. There is no point in spending money on quality paint if you are not going to apply it correctly. High-quality paintbrushes apply paint more evenly due to their bristle construction and design. They hold more paint and offer a smoother application, minus random bristles that cheaper brushes tend to leave sticking in your fresh paint. Better brushes are easier to clean as well. Match Material to Finish Synthetic paintbrushes have been specifically designed for use with latex paint. These bristles are constructed from nylon and polyester or just nylon alone. Natural-bristle brushes soak up too much water and get limp and bendy. The natural and synthetic blended paintbrushes and natural-bristle brushes work best with oil-based finishes and paints. Consider Bristle Quality The ferrule or metal base portion of the handle should house tightly-packed bristles the entire way through. These bristles should bounce back when you bend them. Quality brushes feature split or “flagged,” bristle ends. This design ensures a smoother finish thanks to better paint release. Paintbrush bristles ideally should vary in length. This enables the brush to complete detailed work that requires a fine point. Pick up the paintbrushes in the store and feel the bristles. Pull the bristles gently to discover if more than a couple of bristles fall out. Shopping by budget can leave you with disappointing results. Remember, a quality paintbrush is not meant to be disposable. You can take care of practically any type of paintbrush from craft paints to exterior siding brushes with proper care and attention. Your painting supplies can be seen as an investment. Correct clean-up and storage can help them last for years to come. Pick the Right Kind of Paintbrush There are many different brushes designed for different jobs. Choosing the right size and type will simplify your painting process and make the experience more enjoyable. Flat, wide surfaces like siding, for example, benefit from using a 3-inch to 4-inch flat brush. Alternatively, for cutting in around window frames, doors and molding, use a 2-inch angled sash brush. Trim can easily be painted with a 1-inch to 2-inch angled sash paintbrush. Look and Feel for Comfort You will be potentially using this piece of painting equipment for hours to come. Ensure that it feels comfortable n your grip and note any recommended size guides in the store. Pretend you are painting for a moment after you select your brush to feel how simple it is to control and how balanced it feels in your hand.

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