How to choose the right brush for painting and DIY ?

A new color that is perfect for your walls or furniture does not only depend on the quality of the paint, nor on the technique used, but also on the right choice of brush. From now on, learn to tell the difference between flat, round, angled brushes…

Characteristics of a brush

Neophytes call it a “brush”, however, among professionals, this tool is called a brush. In any case, whatever name you give it, know that this accessory dedicated to painting is systematically made up of three parts, namely a tuft, a ferrule and a handle.

The tuft, or hair, determines the final rendering of your work. So you should be careful to choose the best quality. The ideal is of course to opt for natural hairs acting as reservoirs for the paint. If you opt for polyamide, polyester or synthetic silk tufts, you will not be able to take advantage of this quality. Nevertheless, these models have the advantage of preserving their flexibility even after having been washed.

The ferrule is the metal part that holds the bristles. It is generally made with materials that do not rust such as copper, stainless steel or brass.

The handle of the brush is often made of wood. The most practical is to choose unfinished wooden models because they are less slippery than varnished or painted handles.

The different types of brushes

In the field of painting, there are three types of brushes namely flat, round and special models. The brosses plates are certainly the best known. Also called cod tails, they are used to work on panels, walls, ceilings, furniture uprights and other large flat surfaces.

They are generally long and rectangular. In this category, we find in particular the spalter brush which is both wide and thin and which makes it possible to stain or vitrify large surfaces.

To paint corners or surfaces of reasonable dimensions, you must use the round brushes. They will help you draw neat corners, moldings or other smaller items. Also called inches, they have a diameter between 12 and 32 mm. Connoisseurs must certainly know the thumbs to rechampir which are essential for obtaining a precise work. They are particularly popular in the painting of baseboards or even carpentry surrounds.

Last but not least, the special brushes can handle the toughest jobs. In this category, we find for example the radiator brushes which have a flat angled handle and which allow you to reach the most difficult to access areas. There are also round whitewash brushes, special brushes for painting parts up to 170mm wide, spinning brushes with impressive detail precision. Let’s not forget the stencil brushes that are both thin and round and provide maximum precision.

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