Your Brush Guide

Eddie Shekari
March 17, 2017

When it comes to paint brushes, there are a plethora out there, and each one has its own specific function it was designed for, which you may not be familiar with. That?s why we?re here to break it down for you in a simplified guide you can reference when you have questions.

Brush Types

Made from animal hairs, natural-bristle brushes work for applying oil based paints, shellac, varnishes, polyurethane, and other oil base finishes. The way these brushes naturally split at the tips causes the bristles to hold more paint and thus assure a smooth paint release and finish.

Blended nylon/polyester brushes are used for all types of latex paints since they are simple to clean. Their durability combined with their shape retention makes for a high-quality brush which will, in turn, lead to a high-quality paint finish. Also, they are built to handle many projects so will last for years, so long as they are properly taken care of. In addition, polyester brushes are intended for latex paints because they are stiff in any paint and hold their shape to allow paint to be applied evenly and smoothly.

Brush Sizes

You can choose whichever size you wish, but these are what we recommend for the easiest use. We suggest using a 1? to 2? paint brush for windows or other places with small trim, a 3? brush for glossy paints on cabinets or doors, and a 4? brush for flat, large areas.

Brush End Types

A chisel trim brush has slanted bristles to produce a solid straight line for trimming in edges and corners. A square trim brush is used primarily for flat areas due to its shape, and an angled brush will make it easier to apply paint on window trim since the bristles are cut just so.


In addition to a thin profile, slanted bristles produce a straight line for trimming in edges and corners with a thin angle sash brush, while the angle sash holds more paint than the thin version, making it perfect for painting trim or cutting in at the ceiling.

A flat sash has straight bristles across and therefore works best for flat areas.
For large flat surfaces, such as exterior siding, you should turn to a trim brush, and for extra large surface areas consider using a wall brush since it?s thick flat shape allows it to hold more paint.

All in all, there is an extensive selection of brushes at any paint store and choosing the right one for your Houston exterior painting or Houston interior painting project can be a daunting task. Pro Painters is always here to help make your painting decisions a smoother process or take care of the project for you. Give us a ring today!

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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.