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Paintbrush Product Selection

What paintbrush do I use where?

Choosing the right paintbrush is critical. The right brush is obviously a quality paintbrush, which will give you precision and control, and help you obtain that quality, successful paint finish.

The “Monarch” range of paint brushes are available in different shapes and sizes to provide a specific paint brush for every paint project and allow you to “paint like a pro!”

Wall Brushes

Bigger and thicker paintbrushes designed to hold more paint. The ceiling and wall areas of our houses are generally the biggest and largest areas to paint, and therefore are best tackled using bigger and larger brushes than those we would use for trim areas like windows and door frames. Being bigger and thicker than trim brushes means that they allow you to hold more paint on the brush and not have to be dipping back into your paint pot as often. Wall brushes are also designed with larger, thicker handles to reduce fatigue and assist in getting a nice long, smooth paint stroke. They are perfect for cutting in walls and ceilings.

Note - it is not necessarily an advantage to just grab the largest wall brush you can buy thinking that a larger sized brush will make the job quicker. Larger brushes are more designed for professionals, as they can be difficult to use. For DIYers, I would recommend that 50mm and 63mm sized brushes are big enough, whilst still allowing you control over them. It would actually be easier and quicker for you to use these sized brushes instead of anything larger. Painters use 100mm or 75mm brushes but they are professionals who paint every day and know how to control larger sized brushes.

“Sash” Brushes

Get their name from years gone by where painters wanted to use a thinner brush than a wall brush to paint old style windows that opened by sliding up and down called ”Sash” windows. They should actually be called “trim” brushes as they are designed to be used on all the trim areas of the house like doors, windows, door frames, skirting boards, gutters, etc. They have less filament or bristles than a wall brush and therefore don’t hold as much paint, allowing greater precision and control. They usually have a long handle for greater control and accuracy. You can also use a sash or trim brush for general cutting in of walls and ceilings if you prefer a smaller, less thick brush that will be easier to control. For some DIY’ers, who don’t paint all that often and are a bit frightened when painting, I believe that it is easier to paint and cut in all surfaces using sash or trim brushes. Just be aware that they don’t hold as much paint as wall and ceiling brushes. You can also get “specialty small detail and finishing brushes” to allow you to successfully paint those very small areas of the home like skirting boards, door frames or legs of furniture or stairwell rails. These are very small brushes, which again only hold a little amount of paint to give you greater control and precision when trying to paint those difficult areas.

“Angled” Paintbrushes

Are also available and they are also ideal for cutting in. These are paintbrushes where the ends of the filament are cut on an angle. They help you paint difficult angles like around windows, door frames and skirting boards. These do everything a straight edge sash or trim brush will do, but some people prefer the control an angled filament gives them.

Before you start to paint, remember to soak your brush to lubricate the filament and allow the brush to perform at its optimum performance level.

Soak the filament (bristles) about 1/3 of the way up the length of the filament, in water (when using water based paints) or turps (when using oil based paints). Do this for approx. 15 minutes, and then shake out the excess moisture, and your moist brush is now ready to load with paint.

Storing paint, brushes and rollers at the end of the day:

Once you finish painting at the end of the day you have a few options - if you have totally finished your paint project, wipe all the excess paint back into the original paint container and store it away, it’s handy to write on the lid of the can what colour it was, and where you used it in the house, just for future reference.

Don’t store your can on a concrete floor in the garage or shed, as this will cause the can to absorb moisture and rust the bottom of the can – instead store the can up off the floor, on a shelf or in a cupboard in a dry place out of the weather.

For the brushes and rollers, wipe the excess paint off onto some newspaper, and then rinse out using warm soapy water. If you wash your quality brushes and rollers out well, you can store them in a dry place out of the weather, and then use them again on future paint projects.

If you have not finished painting, and you will be doing more tomorrow, simply put all the excess paint back into the original paint can and seal the lid.

Wrap up your brushes and rollers in cling wrap. Store them in a cool dry place out of the weather. You do not have to wash them out if you are using the same paint and the same colour tomorrow.

When you restart painting tomorrow, simply peel off the cling wrap and keep using your brushes and rollers like you did the day before. If however, you are not going to continue your paint project until next weekend (or even for 2 weeks) wrap your brushes and rollers well in cling wrap first, and then also in aluminium foil.

Store them in a cool, dry place. The aluminium foil will keep the moisture in the brushes and rollers and stop them drying out.

When ready to paint again next week, simply peel off and discard the foil and cling wrap, and keep painting.

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