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Old 10-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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I installed new stair treads, risers, and a wall skirt on my stairway to replace carpeted steps and I now need to paint the risers and skirt one last time to finish the job. As you can see from the picture, I need to carefully paint the risers and skirt where they meet the stained treads so that the job does not look sloppy. I have plenty of brushes on hand but I want to buy a new one just for this final step and select one that would make this job the easiest for me. As additional information, I primed and painted the risers and skirt before installation but after filling/caulking nail holes and joints, I still need to do a final coat to finish the job. I guess I could tape all the edges between the painted and stained areas to make it easier, but I have found taping does not always provide a clean edge for me. Maybe I have bad taping technique. I am using Sherwin Williams ProClass Interior Waterbased Acryklic-Alkyd paint.

I like the Purdy brand of brush, but there are many models, bristles, widths, and handle lengths to choose from at my local paint store. Any suggestions on which Purdy brush to use for my particular job? Any other tips on doing a good paint job on these stairs?
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and I now need to paint the risers and skirt
I like the Purdy brand of brush, but...
what brushes (type/width) do you already own?

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what brushes (type/width) do you already own?
The brushes I have now are either a bit too old, too frayed, too big, or too cheap of brand. While I can probably 'get away' with using what I have, I want to buy a new brush just for this last paint step. For all the work and money I have put in to getting where I am now, spending $20 or so on a new paint brush to make the painting easier is not a consideration. In looking at Purdy's line of paint brushes, I am just now sure which ones would be among the better choices. Perhaps I am overthinking this but I thought I would ask those with more experience painting something similar to my stairway.

For example,
1) Would a shorter or longer handle be better?
2) Would harder or softer bristles be better?
3) Would a square end or angled end be better?
4) Is 2" width about right or should I go wider/narrower?

And then there is the multiple number of brush series:
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2 1/2 inch Chinex brush is nice. I also use the XL series with stiff bristles. Too soft and it's harder to trim in, IMO.
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I really like these in a 21/2 inch if I had to pick Purdy

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I like the 2 1/2 angle Clean Cut I think it's called. That didn't sound right walked out to truck, it's called Clearcut.
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I'd use a 2 1/2" brush. I'd use an angled brush. Don't get a natural bristle brush. That eliminates the majority of choices. From what I remember of my Purdy brushes, it seems many of them are thin, thereby limiting the amount of paint you an load on it, which is not good for your latex paint application. Look for a 5/8" thickness. A Wooster (probably my favorite brand) Alpha is nice and thick. I don't remember the Purdy brushes off the top of my head, but some of them are too thin and the bristles too soft for me. The Pro-Extra and Clearcut would probably both be good choices.

For tape, you are better off either without it (as you noticed), or using one of the newer paint blocking technologies such as Edge-Lock. Make sure the tape is down firmly. This can be done with the tip of a butter knife, for example.
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For tape, you are better off either without it (as you noticed), or using one of the newer paint blocking technologies such as Edge-Lock. Make sure the tape is down firmly. This can be done with the tip of a butter knife, for example.

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Good tips. I will give the above a try along with a new brush.
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See I'm the opposite of jeffnc for cutting I like a thin soft brush simply because a lot of times I need the brush to flex to got into a tight place. And when your pushing paint up against a ceiling line the softer works better for me. To each his own.
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It's true a softer brush will flex into tighter places. I just don't like them with the modern thick acrylic paints. So yes, a lot of personal preference.
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I agree with ToolSeeker soft brush is helpful in this regard specially for corners.
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I would go with a 2 1/2 purdy.

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