Making Your Paint Brushes And Paint Rollers Last Longer.

By: Steve Drumm

Paint brushes:
For many interior applications with Acrylic (latex ) paint the most effective option is 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 is often labeled "for latex paint". Nylon will become limp ( and useless ) after a few hours of painting.

You could think about 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 to using nylon/polyester blend. Do not 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 on the Chinese long haired swine. The white bristle paint brush is softer than the black bristle and seems to give 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 will be tapered on the end of the bristles. The tips on the bristles ought to be flagged and soft. The bristles need to 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 also ruin the looks of the finish.

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

Select a good quality roller cover. For latex paint a synthetic fiber 3/8 or 1/2 inch nap gives the best 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 and also a roller grid. The grid hangs on the inside rim of the bucket, this allows for rolling off excess paint from the roller.

Use a roller extension pole. A home owner needn't invest in a top quality extension pole, however, a roller pole is an efficient time and back saving investment. Consider the height of your walls and ceiling, generally a four foot extension pole should be adequate. A shed resistant mohair or wool blended 3/16 to 1/4 inch nap roller cover should be used for Alkyd ( oil based ) paints.

You should not buy cheap roller covers even though you may throw them away at the end of the paint job. Cheap covers fail to hold or release paint well and usually shed fuzz onto the wall.

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A fantastic amount 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 at the time.

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