top of page

Choose your Tool: Paintbrush Edition

Picking the right paint brush cover photo with Purdy brush.

Painting is one of the easiest home improvement projects and it's also one of the easiest to mess up. We told you a few weeks ago about the psychology of paint colors. Now we are here to tell you that you can pick out the perfect paint color for your project, get everything taped just right and yet still wind up staring at the wall and scratching your head. You'll be wondering what went wrong. You may even be thinking that you just picked the wrong paint color. You would be wrong.

We're here to tell you that the paint brush is just as important as the paint.

Quote, the paint brush is just as important as the paint. - Santee Hardware

If you get a quality paint brush and take care of it well, it will last you for several years. We recommend making the upfront investment in a premium brush. They will have more bristles and be better constructed so you don't find those bristles on your walls. Premium brushes are also shaped to give you a more consistent finish. These brushes cost more up front, but over the course of several projects, you're guaranteed to be saving money.


Now that you've settled on the quality of the paint brush you'll have to decide between a flat or angled brush. If you are painting a large area, you'll want to go with a flat brush. However, if you're painting trim or along an edge, you'll want to use an angled brush.


Your next choice is going to be natural or synthetic bristles. Synthetic bristles are best for latex paint and water based finishes. Natural bristles are best oil paint and solvent thinned finishes.

If you have any questions or would like some more assistance picking out the brush that would best suit your project, come on down to Santee Hardware and pay us a visit.

bottom of page