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Old 02-03-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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I have some more detailed and more heavy handed articles about quality paint brush anatomy but this one was not bad. I first learned paint brush anatomy in the fine arts world but it is essentially the same for good brushes used in home painting. I abstracted the image from the article. Not sure I agree a long handled sash brush should have a coating but the article is not bad.

Basically a good brush takes in paint evenly through the bristles when you dip it into paint. So long as you do not overload the brush, you should be able to hold it upright and see no paint racing to drip off. As you work, the paint should draw evenly to the tip of the bristles and flow evenly where you want it. The brush should spring back to shape when you are done with each stroke. With a nice one, and a bristles trimmed perfectly, you can almost pinstripe with some practice. I used long handled 2.5-3" angled sash brushes for near everything.

Purdy and Wooster are the brands I know best. They retail to DIYers for $15-20 but if cleaned and otherwise taken care of will last a homeowner/DIYer a long, long time. They last painters that use them everyday quite awhile too. Those bags of 10 brushes for $6 or whatever are a waste of money. Foam brushes have their place only in the hobby world and with Martha Stewart.

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100% agree. I too use 2 1/2" - 3" angled sash brushes for just about everything. As a professional, I only get about a year out of mine but I use them every day. With a well taken care of brush, I can cut in a laser straight line....even with a 3" flat bristle brush.
I don't coat my brush handles but I do scrub them clean with a red scotchbrite pad to keep them free from paint.
Great article SDSESTER. Thanks for posting.

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Found this from the fine art paint brush world. Principles for what make a good brush and caring for it are the same as with brushes for larger scale work.

http://miniature-art.tripod.com/paintbrushes/ttp://

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http://miniature-art.tripod.com/paintbrushes/

I fixed your link.

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http://miniature-art.tripod.com/paintbrushes/

I fixed your link.

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I like that graphic, thanks for posting that one.

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