What are the best Brushes and Rollers to get the job done right.

The best result will always be achieved with a good quality brush and roller.

A paint store will have an array of brushes and rollers available. The question is which to choose for your project.

Rollers come in various sizes and nap. The lower the nap number the finer the finish. Lower numbers are for Pearl, Semi-Gloss or Gloss used on trim or cabinetry.

Mid numbers are used for the majority of interior walls. A 10mm gives a nice finish. The higher the number the greater the “orange peel” effect you will see on your walls.

Higher nap is for textured ceilings or stucco finish. The high nap will start to lay flat if you push too hard or do not keep it well loaded with paint.I f you are dealing with a high texture, cinder block or heavy cement finish consider using a split foam roller. The foam is cut into rings that open and get the paint into crevices easier. Do not use them on a smooth wall.

There are many different rollers to choose from: Polyester / Nylon / Lint Free / Polyamide / Pro-Lamb / Foam / Microfibre.

Which one where and what size is something I will be addressing further into this post.

Paint Brushes also come in a variety of sizes and bristle content.

Pure Bristle / Nylon / Polyester / Nylon Polyester blend.

Brushes come in straight or angle tip.

Straight tip are for flat areas of walls, large trim areas or siding etc. Select a size that best suits the area to get coverage without too many brush strokes. Finishing with a brush on wall you should finish off in multi directions. Finishing off on trim, siding, or panels go in the direction of the grain. Straight edge can be used where cutting is required you just need to take extra care as the bristles will separate if you lean too hard.

Angle Tip.

These are most suited for cutting in. The longer edge will give you paint lines if use them on larger flat surfaces. The way to counteract this is using the brush on a slight angle. This is ok for a quick fix in a pinch but too much and your brush will develop a twist and leave unsightly lines in your finish. The rule of thumb is angle for cutting in and flat for larger areas.


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