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Old 01-29-2014, 04:04 PM   #1
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Its been a while since I last painted. What are the most used paint brush sizes?

2" for trim
1.5" for small touch up
and a 2.5" or 3" for larger surface areas?

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I think it is really a matter of preference. A guy that works for me every now and them prefers a 3" brush for cutting in and trim. For him it works. For me it would not.

I use 1.5-2" for trim and fresh touch up. Older touch up I might be using a model brush. 3-4 for large areas or exterior trim other than windows and doors.

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Can you give use an idea on what your planning on painting?
I use a 2-1/2" sash brush for all my trim.
I know I'll get jumped all over but that's ok, I use a hot dog foam roller when painting jambs, stools, baseboard and casing to get the paint on faster, then tip out with the sash brush.
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I use a 2.5" for trim. I use a 3" for wall cut-in, sometimes 3" angle if there's a lot of stuff to cut around. I use a 2" for touch-ups. For doors, I paint the recessed areas with brush, roll the flat areas with a 4" roller and strike it with brush. 4" brush is good for exterior siding, soffit, etc.
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2 1/2 or 3 inch for everything. I own a few smaller brushes but hardly ever use them.
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Can you give use an idea on what your planning on painting?
I use a 2-1/2" sash brush for all my trim.
I know I'll get jumped all over but that's ok, I use a hot dog foam roller when painting jambs, stools, baseboard and casing to get the paint on faster, then tip out with the sash brush.
Joe, why would anyone jump all over your for using a 2-1/2" sash brush? That's pretty much the standard "go-to" brush for most painters that I know. From painting trim to cutting in, it's the perfect tool IMO.
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Thanks everyone.
I'm going to be painting a 1/2 bath I am renovating that is going to have a bunch of trim and board and batten style wainscoting. Anyone suggest I roll the rails and stiles, or should I brush them? They are basically flat pine stock, no inside cap so I'm basically painting the flat surfaces.

Last time I painted my solid core doors I cut the routed design area, and then rolled the flat parts with a small foam brush and they came out great.

I have a brand new 1.5" straight brush, and 2.5" Angled Purdy clear cut brush. Probably grab a 3" and start from there.

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Joe, why would anyone jump all over your for using a 2-1/2" sash brush? That's pretty much the standard "go-to" brush for most painters that I know. From painting trim to cutting in, it's the perfect tool IMO.
He was talking about the foam roller when he said that
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The 1.5" straight brush is mostly worthless for me, except for odd jobs. The 2.5" Purdy will probably be your best friend.

I like putting paint on with a roller, but then getting the correct brush strokes with a brush. A roller gets paint on faster than a brush, and a brush makes it better looking IMO.

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