Home Paint Brushes & Paint Sponges

Home Paint Brushes

Owning a good paint brush set is critical to handle all home projects; a paint brush can come in many different varieties designed for different applications. Certain brush sizes are designed to handle different materials, such as wood or stone. Importantly, a paint brush can be made of a variety of different bristles, each with their own significant benefits.

When should you use a flat paint brush?

A flat paint brush, one with bristles straight across, is best used on large, smooth surfaces because it can hold a large amount of paint. Using a brush that can handle a lot of paint is very beneficial when painting on a surface with a rough texture. Here are some more recommended applications for this paint brush.

  • Painting large exterior walls
  • Outdoor painting with acrylic
  • Painting flat surfaces
When should you select an angled paint brush?

Painters prefer this paint brush to make straight lines. The most common application for this type of brush is trimming because the brush is cut to make it easier to apply window trim or paint near the edges of a wall. The design of an angled paint brush also helps to avoid splatter. Painters may make one or two brush strokes to trim a clean, straight line. This is completed by holding the handle of the paint brush near the ferrule and making a smooth stroke.

What are the benefits of synthetic and natural bristles?

In general, paint brush bristles are either synthetic or natural. Both brush types come in many different sizes and can be used with different paint textures. Any complete home paint brush set should have a combination of each type because they have important characteristics. Natural bristles pair very well with oil-based paints and varnishes. Having a few natural brushes in your brush set is beneficial because they are great at holding the heavy texture of paint and will help prevent splatter. Natural bristles are rough and hold a lot of paint, meaning painting can be completed faster because you can cover more area in fewer brush strokes, and you don't need to load the brush as many times. Synthetic bristles, often made of nylon or polyester, are great for water-based paints. Synthetic brushes also have several advantages:

  • They are great for indoor painting.
  • The brush does not expand when wet.
  • The bristles in this brush are durable and long-lasting.
  • The bristles gravitate toward each other, allowing for precise and smooth brush strokes.