Common Types of Paint Brushes

For interior as well as exterior use

When it comes to purchasing paint brushes, try your best to match the correct paint brush with the particular application with which you are working.

Say, for example, you want to paint a window sash with oil-based paint. In this case, you would:

* Use a 2" - 2 1/2" sash, or trim brush

These are usually long-handled, and angled to allow for easy manipulation, as opposed to a large (3 1/2" - 4") brush which is used for speed.

* Generally white-china bristle brushes are used for oil because of the superior ability of the bristles to hold more paint, and their ability to "release" the paint quickly, and consistently.

Most Common Brush (Bristle) Types


Synthetic brushes are made for all types of coatings. Everything from oil, to primers, to latex paint, these brushes are ideal for the casual painter who simply might want to paint a cabinet, or some bedroom walls over a long weekend, and then throw it away, or put it in storage for later use.

If you're a little more serious about the amount of painting you're going to do, along with the particular applications you might use (as in the example above), you'll want to look at using ....

White (or Black) China Bristle

These brushes are generally a little more expensive because of the higher quality of bristle that is used in their construction. China bristle allows for a smoother, consistent application and distribution of the paint, which in turn means a more professional-looking job as opposed to using expensive paint - but with a cheap brush. Believe me, it will show!

(As a side note, this is the brush I use in all of my painting jobs. It "feels" really good in my hand as apply all paint - whether it's primer, latex, or oil - to any surface.)

For an in-depth analysis of brush construction and qualitative aspects, you should definitely read this article by Robert Lowes.

And no, it's not that boring! Just some solid information that you'll need to know before you run out and buy some brushes.

Brush Sizes

Common Sizes - Specific Applications

* 1" - for use in tight (narrow) places

one inch wide synthetic paint brush

* 2" - for use with trim (and sash)

white china bristle trim paint brush

* 3" - wall brush


* 4" - wall brush (also great for painting exterior siding and trim)


My recommendation, is to use good, high-quality paint brushes, whether they are synthetic, or china bristle. And certainly get a good 2" sash/trim brush, and an excellent 3" wall paint brush, at the very minimum.

Really, these two brushes will be all you need to do a job well done.

various paint brushes

Well that about does it for paint brushes.

Oh, and one other thing before I go ....

Paint With The Best!

If you're wanting a professional looking (or at least good) paint job for your bedroom, kitchen, bath, or whatever it is you're painting, go with the best brush on the market. Which brush would that be, you ask?

Definitely Corona paint brushes. In my opinion, they make the best brush for the money. I've used a lot of equipment in my day, and they're far and away the best!

And just so you know, I am in no way a paid salesman for Corona Brushes, Inc. whatsoever. I just really like using good equipment. And when I find something I really like, I want to tell you about it.

I particularly love the White Chinex series brushes (see images)

corona paint brush

corona paint brushes

If you'd like more information on where you can purchase Corona brand brushes and other equipment, please click here for more details.

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