Before beginning a painting project, you must have the proper type of paint and the correct paintbrush. If you are not an experienced painter, it may be difficult to identify which paint and paintbrush are best for the project. Follow the advice below and things will become much clearer, making the shopping process a breeze.
Tip 1: With paint, price matters, because more expensive paint provides better performance and covers more area with fewer coats. If you are trying to cover a dark colored wall or one that is stained, you should buy one of the better brands of paint, which are usually more expensive.
Tip 2: Coverage is affected by the types of solids and binders in the paint so research these when shopping for paint. These factors provide the paint with its coverage. Even within one brand of paint, there are different types that feature different amounts. An inexpensive paint may only cover a 200 square-foot area, while the same size can of a better paint may cover 400 square feet.
Tip 3: Though different paints may offer one-coat coverage, regardless of their solid and resin content, the warranty period may differ. A 15-year warranty is common for a medium range grade of paint, while a 25-year or even a lifetime warranty may be offered with a higher-end grade. By reading the paint can, you can identify the coverage and warranty information.
Tip 4: Paintbrushes have either natural or synthetic bristles made from polyester or a combination of polyester and nylon. A natural bristle brush should be used when applying varnish or stain because it provides the smoothest finish. A synthetic brush is suitable for any type of paint, whether it is latex or oil-based.
Tip 5: A straight cut paintbrush is the traditional type that has been used for many years. An angled cut brush covers a larger surface area per stroke. The angled brush is also used for cutting in corners, trim, and molding to create an edge that is smooth and clean.