How to Select a Paint Brush for your DIY Project

When selecting a paintbrush at your local DIY store you may be faced with a huge choice. The type of paintbrush is important when undertaking your DIY project, the choice can be a bit confusing. Fear not- we run through the choices on how to select the paintbrush for your DIY project.

What are the Different Brush Types?

Selecting a Paint Brush

Types of Paint Brush

There is a range of paint brushes available suited for different projects. When considering a paintbrush have a think through what is required before undertaking the task. Paintbrushes can last a long time if looked after and cleaned after each use.

Thicker brushes can retain more paint which means less time back and forth to the paint.

They can come in different sizes and for the purpose of categorization, we have grouped the brushes into brush head type and brush types.

Types of Brush Head

  • Synthetic Brushes
  • Polyester Brushes
  • Nylon Brushes
  • Natural brushes
  • Nylon and Polyester Blend Brushes

Synthetic Paint Brushes

Synthetic Paintbrushes are normally made of either polyester or nylon and are ideal for both oil-based and water-based paints but it is advised that you do not use the same brush for both. Only use these brushes for water-based finishes as animal hair tends to soak up water and the finish will be affected.

Polyester Paint Brushes

These brush heads tend to be stiffer than nylon and are more suited to thicker paints. It is recommended to paint with these type of brushes when the weather turns warmer because nylon brushes can turn softer again under these conditions.

Nylon Paint Brushes

Nylon paint brushes tend to be softer than polyester and nylon is recommended for lighter water-based paints. If a fine finish is required then this brush can help you achieve this.

Natural Paint Brushes

Natural paint brushes are perfect for use with oil-based paints only. They are made from animal hair. Usually, they are made from hogs, badger or ox.

Nylon & Polyester Blend Brushes

As the name suggests this is a blend of two different types of material that combine to create these paintbrushes designed as more of an all-round general paintbrush.

Brush Types

  • Large Surface Trim Brush
  • Wall Brush
  • Angled Sash Brush
  • Thin Angled Sash Brush

Large Surface Trim Brush

These brushes tend to be larger flat brushes. They are designed for painting larger areas. The brushes are normally cut square and withhold a lot of paint.

Wall Brush

These brushes are designed for interior and exterior masonry projects and are large thick brushes. Normally comes with a sturdier handle. Ideal for painting cement and rough surfaces.

Angled Sash Brush

An angled sash brush is ideal for clean lines. These brushes are also called cutting brushes. These brushes help to maintain a clean line whilst painting. When you have to paint close to another surface, this should be the type of brush to use. These brushes are suggested for cabinets, furniture, trim, doors across wall junctions.

These brushes have handles that are designed to be twirled as you paint to get the finish.

Thin Angled Sash Brush

Exactly the same as the brush mentioned above but a thinner version designed to get in small spaces. The bristles on these brushes are slanted. These brushes make light work of cutting in corners and edges.

Brush Sizes

Typical brush(width) sizes are:

1″ & 2″ Brushes- these are perfect for window frames and smaller trims

3″ Brushes are ideal for doors and kitchen cabinets

4″- 6″ Brushes are designed for flat large areas such as walls and ceilings.

Our tip– You can buy cheap paintbrushes but nothing compares to quality paintbrushes in terms of finish, their durability and how long they last. It is worth spending a few more dollars on a brush that will last and ultimately be cheaper in the long run.

Eventually, you’ll want a collection of brushes so you’ll have just the right brush for any project.