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Did you know ... we have lots of different kinds of paint brushes, straight, angled, natural fiber, artificial /fiber, foam, small, medium, large. How do you know which is the right one for the job?

For oils and varnishes natural fibers are best. The softer split ends of animal hairs hold these paints well and apply them smoothly. Nylon and polyester bristles are stiffer and better for latex and water-based paints. The artificial fibers are also durable and easier to clean so brushes that are well cared for can last for many projects.

Foam brushes are generally inexpensive and are good for single use jobs while still applying a smooth finish. They do not work well with oil-based paints, but can be used well with latex and water-based finishes and polyurethanes. While foam brushes can be cleaned immediately after use, the result isn't always great. Plan on tossing them away and using a new one for each job.

Brushes come in three main shapes: chisel point, flat, and angled. Chisel point brushes are good for paintng straight, sharp lines. Flat brushes are best for larger areas. Angled brushes are designed to get a smooth, straight coat on window trim and moldings. Of course, you can use any brush in any situation, but choosing the right shape for the job at hand will make it easier and faster.

The size of the brush is important to consider as well. For large wall areas use the largest brush available as you'll cover more surface quickly and more evenly than using a small brush. Medium size brushes are good for furniture and flat trim, while small brushes are best on uneven surfaces and decorative trim as the bristles will get down into gaps and depressions better.

Why pay more for a more expensive brush when a cheap one will do the job? Cheap brushes are made with cheap fibers that don't hold much paint, which means more trips back to the paint can or tray, and you risk getting a less even coverage with blotchy results. A more expensive brush uses finer and more durable fibers to hold more paint and give a more even coat. Better quality brushes are also easier to clean and reuse, so in the long run may end up costing you less than a cheap throw-away brush.

Remember to clean your brushes immediately after use for best results. Latex paints and water-based finishes can be cleaned with plain water, or use a little soap for a better clean. Brushes used in oil-based paints will need to be cleaned in turpentine or paint thinner, both available at your local Ace store!

Still not sure which is the best choice? Talk to our knowledgeable staff and they'll ask you the right questions about your project to help you choose the best brush for the best result.

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