A paintbrush is a standard tool for home decoration, and painters can use it in many ways. This blog will discuss the correct way to use a paintbrush.
Choosing the right paint brush: the material of the brush
To choose the right paint brush, you should first consider the material of the brush.
The primary materials of brushes are natural hair, artificial hair, and synthetic hair.
Natural bristles include wool, cow hair, horse hair, and artificial bristles. Artificial hair is mainly artificial natural hair and chemical fibre. Synthetic hair is a chemical synthesis of artificial hair.
The material of the paintbrush will have a significant impact on the quality of the brush.
Wool and cow hair are softer, easy to bend, and more suitable for fine-grain paint, while horse hair is more complex, not easy to bend, can withstand more significant pressure, and is suitable for coarse-grain paint. The quality of artificial wool depends on the quality of artificial natural wool. Artificial natural wool is made of advanced chemical fibre comparable to natural wool in performance. Chemical fibre, on the other hand, is a kind of synthetic hair, which is of lesser quality than natural hair, but it can still meet general needs. The quality of the brush will also have a direct impact on how well the brush is used.
Methods and steps for choosing a quality paintbrush
1, Bristle end with a fork, which can dip into absorbing a large amount of paint and release the paint more evenly (so that the paint film is smooth and uniform)
2, The thick tip of the cone-shaped bristles can make the paintbrush release paint slower and more evenly, and its overall taper makes it particularly convenient when applying straight and tangential places.
3. Flexible bristles can maintain the overall shape of the brush
4. Brushes with long bristles in the middle and short bristles on both sides are easier to use when painting the edges and corners.
5. The length of the bristles should be 50% longer than the width of the brush. Longer bristles are better for dipping and releasing paint and easier for painting corners or trim locations.
6. Use the plug and epoxy adhesive to fix the bristles firmly on the handle when the painting is not pulled out so that the bristles will not stick to the paint film.
7. A good, well-balanced hardwood handle will make the brush work better. A wooden handle is more comfortable than a plastic handle; a hardwood handle is more comfortable than a softwood
Using a paintbrush correctly.
When using a paintbrush, ensure you have chosen the right one. Paint brushes come in different shapes and sizes, so you’ll want to choose according to your needs. The smaller the size of the brush, the finer you will be able to apply the paint, but it will take more time. It is also essential to use the paintbrush correctly. You should place the brush in a container and then pour the paint into the container. Next, you can start applying the paint. As you apply the paint, be careful not to get the paintbrush too deep into the container, as this will make the paintbrush dirtier. It is also essential to maintain and take care of your brushes. After each use of your paintbrush, please keep it in a dry place. If you don’t, the paintbrush will soon rust. It would help if you also cleaned your paintbrush every once in a while to ensure its quality.
Specific steps to use paint brush properly
Wet the new brush
Before using a new brush, wet the brush in clean water so that the bristles of the brush are fully absorbed by water. The recommended soaking time is 10-15 minutes. If you want the brush to work better, pour some washing powder into the water.
The length of the paint dip is 1/3 of the brush.
When dipping the brush into the paint, pay attention to the length of the brush dipped into the paint. General paint dipped to 1/3 of the brush can be. After dipping the paint, the sharp corner of the brush will gently brush the wall to ensure that the paint will not trickle down.
Keep the brush at 45° to the construction object.
If you are painting the wall or furniture, when painting the line, keep the brush and the construction object to form a 45-degree angle; if you are painting the ceiling, the angle between the brush and the ceiling should be 90°. In addition, if you are brushing wood, you should paint with the grain of the wood.
painting attention to back to brush
General paint in the painting process is to be back to brush to make the paint film look better; if it is semi-gloss or light paint, it should not be back to brush.
Maintain and take care of your brushes
Paint brushes need regular maintenance and care. The bristles of the brush will often get stuck to paint, dirt, and other substances, resulting in a deterioration of the brush’s quality. Therefore, you need to clean your brushes regularly to maintain the quality and longevity of your brushes.
Steps for cleaning and maintaining paintbrushes
- How to clean the paintbrush
First, use a paper towel to wipe down the remaining paint on the brush, then put the brush in a mixture of solvent and water specifically used to clean paint brushes and let the brush soak in the solution for a few minutes. Then, take the brush out and put it under the faucet to rinse it until the paint is all washed off. Finally, wring out the water on the brush and put it in the storage container after it is dry.
2. How to maintain the paintbrush
(1) Usually, pay more attention to the neatness and cleanliness of the brush. We should clean the brush immediately after use, do not wait until the paint on the brush is dry and then clean. Otherwise, it is easy to clean, not clean.
(2) After cleaning the brush, pay attention to drying. After washing, the brush is wet and can not go directly into the storage container, and it should first dry and then be put into a clean container.
(3) To use the paintbrush again is to re-wet the brush and follow the same steps as the initial use of the brush.
That’s all about how to use paint brush correctly and pay attention to cleaning and maintenance. I hope this blog helps you.