Looking After Paint Brushes And Rollers

By: Rick Skew


Paint brushes:
For most interior applications with Acrylic (latex ) paint the very best choice is really a nylon/polyester blended brush. For windows, doors and woodwork trim a square cut two and a half inch trim brush works well for all interior work including "cutting in" the ceiling and walls. Do not use a 100% nylon paint brush, despite the fact that it might be labeled "for latex paint". Nylon will become limp ( and useless ) after several hours of painting.

You may consider buying a one and a half or two inch sash brush to paint around window panes. The bristles on a sash paint brush are cut at an angle to allow for easier painting into the corners and round the glass. Stick with the nylon/polyester blend. Donít use this brush on doors or flat work.

If you choose to paint your interior trim with Alkyd ( oil based ) paint or polyurethane, your best choice is really a china bristle brush. China Bristle is made of hog hair from the Chinese long haired swine. The white bristle paint brush is softer than the black bristle and seems to apply a smoother finish. NOTE: Water cleaning swells the bristles so limit this brush to solvent based paints, stains or clear coats.

An excellent paint brush is going to be tapered at the end of the bristles. The tips on the bristles should be flagged and soft. The bristles should be firm but not stiff. The perfect indicator of a good paint brush is price. You should not skimp when buying brushes, an inexpensive brush is harder to use and can ruin the looks of the finish.

Paint rollers:
For residential purposes a standard nine inch roller frame is an effective choice. Select a high quality roller frame, the kind that grips the roller cover at the ends seems to roll out smoother than the tension (wire) birdcage type of roller frame.

Select a top notch quality roller cover. For latex paint a synthetic fiber 3/8 or 1/2 inch nap gives the better all around performance for painting the smooth or semi-smooth surfaces of walls and ceilings.

Do not use a roller paint tray, buy a five gallon bucket along with a roller grid. The grid hangs on the inside rim of the bucket, this allows for rolling off excess paint from your roller.

Use a roller extension pole. A property owner needn't put money into a top quality extension pole, however, a roller pole is an effective time and back saving investment. Consider the height of the walls and ceiling, normally a four foot extension pole ought to be adequate. A shed resistant mohair or wool blended 3/16 to 1/4 inch nap roller cover needs to be used for Alkyd ( oil based ) paints.

Don't buy cheap roller covers even though you may throw them away at the end of the paint job. Cheap covers tend not to hold or release paint well and will shed fuzz onto the wall.

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A fantastic quantity of my time is spent in my garden. One of the jobs I enjoy doing a lot is home renovation which includes painting. I find it helps me to unwind and forget everything, apart from the work I am doing.

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