CHOOSING THE RIGHT BRUSH WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
A good paint brush will hold more paint, helping you get a smoother finish on your wall and reducing that "splashing" effect when you lift your brush off. The best way to check the quality of a brush, is to run your hands through the filament (or bristles). It should feel full and have a slight resilience. Value range brushes will not last as long as a premium grade brush, but they will have their place where finish, quality and brush life are not a priority.
Too many brushes to choose from? These tips should help you choose the right brush for the right project. There are 4 main descisions to make when choosing a brush
- Type of filament
- Style of brush
- Size of brush
- Quality of brush
Every brush has its purpose. And here, we'll try help take you through the best option for your purpose, wether its a whole Wall, Table, Deck or just a touch up.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FILAMENT (BRISTLE)
The filament is the long haired strands on the end of a brush, also known as "Bristles". The choice of filament is the first part of making sure you're picking the right brush for the job. Each have their strengths, but if you need a quick guide you can follow the below point
Synthetic Filament : Work well with almost all paints, but are best suited when using water based paints.
100% Pure Bristle : These types of brushes are 100% pure bristle, and are best suited for oil based paints.
Polybristle Blend : Work well with almost all paints due to the blend in the bristles. They will work well with water based paints as well as oil based due to the mixed blend.
Style of Brushes
The next thing that you need to decide is what type of brush style you need. There are a few basic styles to understand, which will help make your project easier.
Paint/Wall Brushes : These are the most common type of brush. With a shorter handle than cutting brushes they come in a variety of sizes for a range of different paint jobs.
Cutter Brushes : These are the go to brush for cutting in before rolling, with angles cut for filling in around windows and door frames, ceilings and corners. They will have alot less filament than wall brushes as holding paint is not the main priority of these brushes, but the long handle helps to control brush strokes.
The cutter brushes comes in Sash, Angle and Oval shapes made for shrper, more accurate painting.
All of the brush types come in various sies from 38mm and smaller, to 100mm width. The small brush heads are used for finer jobs like furniture, touching up and hobby painting, while the larger brushes are used for walls and ceilings.
Our Paint Specialists at your local Paint World store can help you with the right choice to make sure your project looks like it was done by a professional. Come in to store and have a chat with one of our team members to pick the right brush for your job.
Paint World stocks a huge range or brushes from the biggest names including
- Rota Cota
- Little Gem
- Paint Place and
- Uni - Pro
No matter what you're painting. We've got the right tools for the job.
- Jan 30, 2017
Choosing the right roller for the job
Just as brushes come in different shapes and sizes, so do paint rollers. Selecting the right roller for the job will help make the project easier and give you a better final outcome. There are a couple of things to take into consideration when selecting the right roller.
PILE HEIGHT OR NAP
The pile height, or nap as its more commonly known to painters, refers to the width of the fabric/material of the roller. Generally, the thicker the nap, the more paint it will hold. The rule of thumb here in most cases is, the smoother the surface and glossier the paint, the shorter the nap. The general nap sizes that you will encounter are:
Short Naps or 5mm-8mm : These don't hold as much paint as the others, but are the best kind to use with a glossy paint as they leave a thin and very smooth coating. Great to use on smooth and semi-smooth surfaces.
Regular Naps of 10mm-12mm : Will hold most types of paint very well and leaves a soft stippled effect. These rollers are better suited to water based paints and to be used on smooth to semi smooth surfaces as well as wall boards and cement render. They hold more paint than the short nap but the finish is not as smooth.
Long Nap 22mm-32mm : These rollers are suitable for all paints and will work well on surfaces like cement and brickwork. They hold alot of paint and are great for surfaces where heavy coverage is important. These rollers can work paint into textured surfaces due to the holding capacity and will produce a deep stippled effect on almost any surface.
Next - We look at the Fabric and Materials of the Roller
Materials do come down to a preference, but there are some very good reasons to pick a specific material if you are trying to go for a particular effect or painting a certain area.
Woven Polyester : These are suitable for all types of paints
Knitted Polyester : More suitable for water based applications. Great for epoxy and fibreglass coatings because of the smoother finish they give
Sheepskin : Generally used on rougher surfaces as the thickness of the sheepskin will reach into irregularities
Foam : For use with Full Gloss and Semi Gloss where a mirror finish is required
Micro Fibre : Can be used with most water based paints. Best suited for Acrylic Enamels
Textured : Coarse, medium and fine hairs for different texture effects. Suitable with most paints
The quality of the roller will, in the end, determine the finish. If you require a smooth and even finish on your project, it will be worth looking at options for better quality rollers which will last longer and give you a more even coat.
Our Paint Specialists at your local Paint World store can help you with the right choice to make sure your project looks like it was done by a professional. Come in to store and have a chat with one of our team members to pick the right roller for your job.
- Jan 30, 2017