Number 1: Yes, I know you didn’t know Wilson Lumber sells paint. But we do.
Number 2: One very common question people have with painting projects is how to choose a brush for it. There are a lot of brushes out there.
It’s not complicated. Really there are only two variables. One is the type of surface you’re painting and the other is what type of paint you’re using. This blog will cover what to choose based on what type of paint you’re using.
The good news is, there are only two types of paint. Well, that’s not fair at all. There are boatloads of “types” of paint. What I mean is that when it comes to choosing a brush, there is either water based paint, or oil based paint. And oil based isn’t used near as much as it used to be but that’s another blog.
First, oil based pains or stains. You should use a Natural Bristle brush (meaning the bristles came off of something alive, like a Long-haired Chinese Hog. No, I’m not kidding). Why? Two main reasons. 1. Because they hold a lot of paint or stain and 2. they are very soft so the paint goes on smooth.
So then it would always be better to use a use a Bristle brush right? Well, no. The soft Bristles are nice, but a natural brush soaks in water. So if you use one with water based paint, it will be more like mopping than brushing.
So for a water based paint, you should use a synthetic (or Nylon & Polyester) brush. They stay nice and stiff for easier painting and they clean easy.
I guess it goes without saying that there are many different qualities within these two categories. And that the nicer the brush you buy, the easier the painting goes, and the better it looks when you’re done. I could get into the differences between each of them but how about this? When you come here to buy your paint 🙂 ask our paint guy.
I should mention here that we are very happy to be partnered with Wooster for our brushes. We have enjoyed a great relationship with them and are happy to sell their products with full knowledge of their great quality.
Sadly, we do not have a paint page on our website yet (we’ve only sold paint for about 50 years), but give us a call (256-852-7411) or come by the store for more information.