Choosing the right interior painting tools will make any paint job easier. They will provide better results. Painting interior walls is the easiest and least costly way to freshen up a room and increase the value of a home.
A high-quality brush will in almost every case do a superior job of interior painting with far less effort. This is so because a quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly. This saves time and effort and produces a noticeably better finish.
Selecting the correct brush for painting interior walls isn’t difficult. One only needs a basic understanding of the differences between brushes. This includes what they are used for. The following paragraphs will provide interior painting tips for each of the brush types.
Types of Brushes
Natural-bristle brushes use animal hairs. You can use them for applying oil-based paints, polyurethane coatings and other materials. They produce smooth finishes.
The split ends on these natural bristles cause them to hold more paint. This assures the smooth application of coatings on a surface. These types of brushes are most commonly used in the interior. Used for painting and staining trim, moldings, woodwork, door frames and window frames.
Synthetic brushes are ideal for applying latex paints. They maintain their shape and stiffness a very long time. Wide synthetic brushes apply paint smoothly and evenly. They are commonly used whenever painters choose against using a roller.
Angular brushes are perfect for interior painting tasks where surfaces have many angles, or are hard to reach.
Chisel-shaped and slanted bristles are good for painting straight lines and for painting corners.
For when painting paneled doors, bookcases, cabinets and anything with grooves in it use angular sash brushes. They are indispensable when painting surfaces that join other surfaces of a different color.
Angular sash brushes are also known as “cutting brushes.” They produce thin, clean lines and are great for painting the edges of broad surfaces.
Paint pads are helpful for applying paint to hard-to-reach areas. These include spaces where brushes and rollers fail to reach.
Paint pads are not recommended for applying paint to large wall surfaces (rollers are ideal for this) as they tend to leave overlap marks. Paint pads are quite helpful when cutting in corners and painting those areas where walls meets ceilings.
Healthy Indoor Painting Practices
The wise do-it-yourselfer will always follow certain safety measures. It shields him and his family from the common hazards associated with interior paint jobs.
Safety is the most important of all interior painting tips. What follows are a few simple suggestions to help keep the painter’s work environment more safe while using your interior painting tools.
Try to schedule paint jobs when the weather is suitable for keeping windows open for ventilation
When working with solvent-based paints, it’s a good idea to wear a respirator to restrict exposure to harmful paint fumes. When sanding, always wear a face mask to prevent particles from entering the lungs.
Avoid Slipping Hazards
Use canvas drop cloths on the floor instead of plastic. Plastic makes floors slippery underfoot.
Prevent Fire Hazards
Never use gasoline to clean paint brushes. Turpentine is the safe alternative. Many types of paints, stains, strippers, varnishes and thinners are flammable. Remove all sources of ignition before commencing work.
Avoid Electricity Hazards
Be safe around electrical outlets. Cover exposed outlets with tape and cut off the power to any room before removing outlet covers and switch plates.
Keep Your Neighbors Safe
Provide advance notice to neighbors living in adjacent units so they may vacate when painting has begun.
Use ladders safely. Wear suitable shoes for ladder climbing. Keep shoulders between the rails of a ladder, and maintain three points of contact at all times when on a ladder.
Read Instructions and Safety Precautions
Read and follow the instructions and safety precautions on all the products used.
Important Note: Store your paint supplies safely. Keep out of the reach of children.
Determining which paint brush to use for any given project will depend upon the type of paint used. Also consider the surface and the kind of finish the homeowner is going for.
Today’s durable brushes handle various painting projects. With the proper care, these interior painting tools will provide many years of reliable service.