Proper Paint Brush Techniques Explained

No matter what you are applying paint to, you will need to know the correct way to use a paint brush to ensure the task is completed correctly. By following a few easy steps, you can be assured of a good finish by using brushes with the correct technique.


To ensure that you do not end up with loose bristles stuck to the paint, you must do some work to prepare the paint brush. This is especially relevant when it comes to new brushes. Use the paint brush to dry brush a clean dry surface to release any loose bristles that could be among the head of the brush. This will prevent the problem of bristles becoming stuck in the paint. After this process, rinse the bristles in clean water to remove any dust or debris that may be present. Keep a toothpick to hand to remove any errant bristles that come loose and get stuck during the painting process. Do not use a brush to stir paint, instead use a dowel long enough to reach the base of the can.


When painting along edges, such as where the wall meets the ceiling, it is important to maintain a straight line to prevent a messy looking result. Using a thick brush can result in paint inadvertently being transferred to a surface where it is not required as it gets too close. In these situations, it will be necessary to use a thinner sized brush to ensure a neat result. When painting a wall, use a thicker brush or roller until you reach close to the edge and transfer to a thinner brush.   


In order to ensure that the result of the paint job application is even, it is necessary to work in only one direction. This will ensure that the color does not overlap to leave some sections of the paintwork thicker and darker than in others. You can ensure an even application of paint by not overloading the brush with paint too much and using long strokes. Continue along the surface until you reach the end or the paint fades. The larger the surface, the larger the paint brush should be to help you complete the job in a shorter period as you will be able to cover more of the area.  


Be aware that different paint brushes are required according to the specific task they will be used and it is important to use the correct one to ensure a decent result. The paint brush that you use for a stenciling project will not be the same as that needed to simply paint a wall as the bristles will need to be of a shorter length. Similarly, a short bristled brush will not be of much use when painting a wall. You will not achieve a good result if you use a standard bristled brush with some types of vinyl paint, instead, opt for a brush with a foam head to ensure that this type of paint can be applied smoothly.