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February 5, 2018

How to Choose the Best Paintbrush

From This Old House on Monday, February 5th, 2018 in Arts & Culture, & Videos
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Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique explains the differences between various types of paintbrushes.
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Cost: $2-$20
Skill Level: Beginner
1. Every paintbrush has a specific purpose that generally fall into the following categories:
2. Brush material – natural hair (or China bristle) brushes are good for oil based paints, synthetic hair brushes are good for water based (latex) paints but also work with just about anything, and foam brushes are good for one-time use touchups.
3. Angle – angled brushes are good for cutting around doors and windows, and flat brushes are good for large, flat surfaces.
4. Size – pick the size brush that most closely fits the size of the surface you’re painting to avoid stroke marks.
5. Quality – even though they are more expensive, pick a high quality paintbrush. It will last long and it won’t leave hairs behind in the paint like low quality brushes do.
Paintbrushes can be found at home centers and painting supply stores.
Expert assistance for this segment was provided by Mauro’s Painting ( 
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22 Comments on "How to Choose the Best Paintbrush":

elvis o'shaughnessy Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Hi, most black hair paint brush as applying paint and starting to paint walls or wood. Hair seems to comes out while painting
Triplz Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Recommend you guys to get the corona brush it is expensive but with the price You can find it in a sherwin Williams store or Benjamin Moore store!
Mark design Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Pt 2. How to properly clean them.
amy Monday, February 5th, 2018
LOL Hire Professional...Yes, Painting Takes Skills. (You can't cut-homeowners...I'll see your lines and really LOL !
balderoine Monday, February 5th, 2018
I bought an expensive one before and I absolutely loved it. You can wash it so many times and it still holds up. Def worth it
J.Lender333 Monday, February 5th, 2018
Pt 2, how to properly clean them?
j Monday, February 5th, 2018
I hate oil based paints. I always use water based. Much easier to clean up.
Idgarad Lyracant Monday, February 5th, 2018
To clean a brush grab some Gojo and some Murphy's Oil soap. Rinse the brush and add some Gojo. Grab the tips of the bristles firmly in one hand and rotate the brush as if you were painting a circle. This works the pumice cleaner into the bristles. Rotate a dozen times and rinse. Spray some Murphy's on the bristles. Repeat the the grab and rotate for a dozen times. Rinse. Repeat this until the water runs clean. With the gojo use your fingernail to scrap any excess dried boogery paint prior to the grab and rotate. A Purdy brush can last nearly a decade using this cleaning technique. I've been painting for 20 years and it is very effective. For non-synthetic bristles you can ressurect some really bad brushes by putting them in a a mason jar filled with Simple Green and leave them overnight to soak.In short: A pumice cleaner, Murphy's Oil Soap, and Simple Green will keep a well made brush in action easily over a decade.
Mark Steven Monday, February 5th, 2018
Who brought in the new guy he's not a certified TOH hack.
gabriel munaro Monday, February 5th, 2018
"You gotta choose the tool size based on the size of your work"."Like, this one. It is good for cutting".
derchesten Monday, February 5th, 2018
as a latin myself I'm kind of bothered by the rough accent of Mauro and his difficulty with his communication skills, good thing there's Kevin to guide the situation, Still very informative tho.
Kit Box Monday, February 5th, 2018
Grizlerber Monday, February 5th, 2018
why don't you just use a paint roller.
STEVE JONES Monday, February 5th, 2018
its called as i always say buy once cry once
AJ Brown Monday, February 5th, 2018
Great video. How about one on how a professional clean the brush so they can keep using it?
Pierre Roy Monday, February 5th, 2018
Pt 2, how to properly clean them? Thx
Keith Rogers Monday, February 5th, 2018
I use to cut in and paint with 4". One brush, a 3" on trims. Takes steadyiness and skill. Holds more paint. Also the type brush is important like nylon, boar hair, or natural etc... like choosing pencils.
Red Yumi Monday, February 5th, 2018
Just the video I was looking for. Thank you guys.
Grueso Carbajal Monday, February 5th, 2018
Bob Idstein Monday, February 5th, 2018
"It's never the wand, it's always the magician".Not true when it comes to brushes!
Alvaro117 Videos Monday, February 5th, 2018
Nice video.
Alvaro117 Videos Monday, February 5th, 2018



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