Se­lect the right tools for the job

South Shore Breaker - - Homes - ALISHA NAUGLER ed­i­tor@southshore­

When fac­ing the paint ap­pli­ca­tor aisle of a hard­ware store, you will find an ar­ray of tools to help you get the job done. Choos­ing the right paint ap­pli­ca­tor can be just as chal­leng­ing as se­lect­ing the right paint colour. Choos­ing the wrong ap­pli­ca­tor can lead to frus­tra­tions and de­lays in your project.

Let’s iden­tify some of the dif­fer­ent paint ap­pli­ca­tors avail­able for all your paint­ing needs.

Pure bris­tle vs. syn­thetic

The type of bris­tle you use de­pends on the type of paint your project re­quires.

Pure bris­tle brushes are made from an­i­mal hair which is gen­er­ally sourced from boars. Th­ese types of nat­u­ral fil­a­ments are used when ap­ply­ing oil based paints.

Avoid us­ing pure bris­tle in wa­ter based paints be­cause the in­tegrity of the bris­tles will be com­pro­mised by ab­sorp­tion of wa­ter caus­ing the bris­tles to swell.

Syn­thetic bris­tles can be made of ny­lon, polyester or a com­bi­na­tion or both. The syn­thetic brush is a jack of all trades brush. Th­ese are typ­i­cally used for wa­ter based paint but if the pack­ag­ing per­mits can be used with oil base paints.

An­gled brush vs. flat brush An­gled brushes are typ­i­cally used when the project re­quires de­tailed work around edges and trim.

The an­gle al­lows greater con­trol when you want to ap­ply paint more pre­cisely.

Flat brushes are more of a gen­eral pur­pose ap­pli­ca­tor, per­fect for hold­ing more paint. Square cut brushes are used for large flat ar­eas in­clud­ing sid­ing, fur­ni­ture and doors.

An­other thing to con­sider when choos­ing a paint brush is the width. You will find a wide va­ri­ety of brush widths, rang­ing from 1” to 4”. Lets break down the dif­fer­ent widths and their uses:

• 1” to 2” ap­plies the right amount of paint to win­dows and nar­row trim work.

• 2.5” to 3” is the com­mon size for cut­ting in on walls or paint­ing cab­i­nets and doors.

• 4” brushes hold a greater quan­tity of paint and ex­cel at ap­ply­ing paint to large flat ar­eas or stain to decks and sid­ing.roller thick­ness vs. paint sheen

The thick­ness or “nap” of a roller is typ­i­cally iden­ti­fied in mil­lime­tres on the roller sleeve.

The min­i­mal thick­ness is com­monly 5mm. This low nap ex­cels at ap­ply­ing glossy paints to smooth sur­faces.

The medium thick­ness is 10mm, this stan­dard pile nap is an in be­tween roller that suites low lus­ter to semi gloss sheen paints and works well over semi smooth sur­faces.

The higher thick­ness ranges from 15mm to 19mm. This fluffy roller is the per­fect choice for flat paints or primers be­ing ap­plied to rough or un­even sur­faces, help­ing to cam­ou­flage im­per­fec­tions on the wall.

With all the dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties of the brushes and rollers iden­ti­fied, it's time to start search­ing for the per­fect brush or roller for your next project.


Choos­ing the right paint ap­pli­ca­tor can be tough, so make sure you know what tool will work best for your project.

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