In the last Painting It Easy article, we provided an overview of the essential painting tools every DIY-er needs in their repainting and renovation arsenal. This time, let’s dive deeper into the wide and wonderful world of paint brushes. Yes! There’s more than just one type of paint brush out there in the market!

The Importance of Using the Correct Painting Brush

It’s imperative to know what type of paint brush to use depending on the type of surface you’ll be painting and the look that you’re going for. But, aside from ease of use and decorative effect, there are certain types of paint brush that are not compatible with certain types of paint. For a stress-free painting activity, watch the video and read more ahead on the different types of brush out there and when to use them!

Painting It Easy Episode 02: Painting Brush 101

 

So, from watching the video we learned that brushes and rollers come in different sizes. Take note of all the areas you’ll be painting so you know which sizes to get! Nothing is more difficult than painting a whole wall with a 1-inch brush. You’d take the whole day (or two!) to finish. Also, imagine painting a small, delicate corner with a 4-inch brush, you’ve got to have some mad skills in order to pull that off.

Jot down the paint you’ll be using for your painting project, too! Natural brushes work best with solvent-based paints while synthetic brushes are compatible with water-based paints. If you can’t tell the brushes apart when you arrive in the store, ask the merchandiser nearest you. I’m sure they’d be happy to help you pick out the paint brush you need.

More Tips and Tricks

Obtaining the right brush is just the first step. What about actual application? While painting is not exactly rocket science (most of the time, anyway), there are certain tips and tricks that can help you get a more even and clean finish for your project. Here are some useful articles to help you out.

🖌 Painting Tip: The Art of Cutting In

🖌 How to Avoid Pesky Brush and Roller Marks When Painting

🖌 Painting Tools: 3 Most Common Mistakes When Painting

🖌 Don’t Forget These 3 Tips When Choosing Paint Brushes and Rollers

Post-Painting Aftercare

After toiling away with your DIY painting project, the last thing you want to do is clean up, right? Do it anyway. It only takes a few minutes of your time, I promise! Plus, it’s super important to clean your paint brushes immediately after you’re done with them to make sure the paint doesn’t harden on the bristles. Once they dry, it’ll be that much harder to take them off when you’re doing another painting project in the future.

If you used a water-based paint on your brushes or rollers, wash them off immediately with some water and mild soap until the water runs clear. Then, let them dry off completely before storing them away. For other types of paint such as enamels and epoxies, clean the brush using its respective clean-up solvent. For example, Acrytex Reducer for Acrytex Paint and Paint Thinner for QDE.

Some Final Thoughts

TL;DR: Know what type of paint brush you need for a particular project before purchasing some. Also, clean them up properly right after so you can use them again and again and again! Do you have any other question on paints, colors, or other painting tools? Send us an email at ask@myboysen.com. We’re always happy to help. Happy painting!

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Inah is an avid overplanner with a manic desire to organize everything. She dedicates most of her time and attention to her two chunky dogs, Prince and Peanut. If there's a bit of extra time on hand, she will spring clean her entire house.

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