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Paintbrushes: professional-grade house painting paintbrush features

Do not skimp when it comes to purchasing paintbrushes. House painting is difficult enough without having to battle a low-quality paintbrush. You will get more work done faster, and with better results, when using a good paintbrush.

Professional-grade paintbrushes are made of the best materials. The bristles are shaped and cut to enable precise paint application. You will appreciate the precision a quality paintbrush provides as you cut-in walls to the ceiling, and paint trim. The thick and poorly-shaped bristles that often accompany low-quality paintbrushes can make painting difficult even for a seasoned professional. The professional-grade paintbrush is a precision instrument that will enable you to do precise work. More information is available in the next tip, “Features of professional-grade paintbrushes.”

Features of professional-grade paintbrushes

Comfortable handle

A quality paintbrush has a handle that is comfortable to hold when working. Most paintbrush manufacturers produce brushes with several different handle styles. Handle thickness and shape giving each handle style a unique feel. When paintbrush shopping, grip each paintbrush until you find the handle style that is a comfortable fit for your hand. A paintbrush with a comfortable fit will help you to apply paint more precisely with less fatigue.

Flexible bristles

Professional-grade brushes have a higher quality of bristle that is flexible and responsive to hand movement for precise material application. These bristles bend while retaining the paintbrush’s shaped design. Low-quality paintbrushes often have thicker, stiffer bristles that often do not retain the brush’s bristle-shape during paint application.

Shaped bristle design

Professional-grade brushes have better bristle shaping for precise material application. Bristle shaping is the contouring of bristle rows in a paintbrush. The center rows have a full length while the edge rows have a gradually reduced length. This contouring allows for greater control when applying paint in a straight line. Cutting-in around trim and making a straight-line on the wall below the ceiling (ceiling-to-wall cut-in) is easier to accomplish with a well-shaped paintbrush. Avoid using bargain brushes, as their bristles are often not adequately shaped for precise paint application.


Detailed information about interior house painting surface preparation can be found in the book:

The Homeowner's Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting.

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