Are My Paint Brush Bristles Natural or Synthetic

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Old 10-07-17, 03:28 PM
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Are My Paint Brush Bristles Natural or Synthetic

I have a paint brush with black bristles. I want to use it with a Latex House Stain. I know that I should use synthetic bristles with water based paints and stains and natural bristles with oil based paints and stains. The printing on the brush handle is illegible and I don't have the package. Is there a way to ID the bristle type?
 

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Old 10-07-17, 03:47 PM
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Black bristles are almost always for oil based paints. Course, if it's one of those plastic handled cheap brushes, it could probably be used for anything and it wouldn't matter.
 
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It has a wood handle. Doesn't seem like a cheapo.
 
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Old 10-07-17, 07:06 PM
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Sounds like black China then.
 
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Or is that Blac Chyna? lol
 
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No, that's "Blac".

 
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Yeah, I caught it after posting....
 
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I don't recall ever seeing black synthetic bristles and agree it's most likely natural china bristle. Natural bristles are also softer than synthetic. If you use natural bristle with latex paint [more importantly cleaning with water] the bristles will swell and the brush will loose it's shape.
 
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