How to Choose a Paint Brush and Paint Roller – Sherwin-Williams

How to Choose a Paint Brush and Paint Roller – Sherwin-Williams


Paintbrushes and roller covers. These don’t come
with an owner’s manual. So how do you know which one
is right for your next project? Rollers, of course, are preferred
for larger surface areas and can be easily attached to an extension pole
for a greater reach. There are also many rollers for smaller, tighter
or hard-to-reach spaces. Not bad for a back massage too. Now, here are a few
things to consider when selecting the thickness
of your roller cover, also known as the nap. That’s right, as in take a nap. Most surfaces you’ll paint
are smooth or slightly textured, so a shorter nap,
like 1/4 inch or 3/8 of an inch, will bring out the best
in your paint finish. A heavier nap,
of 1/2 inch thick or more is best for applying
a thicker paint or heavier coating. A thicker nap is also recommended when the surface you’re
covering is porous like masonry, textured like stucco
or stippled ceiling, or has a lot of nooks and crannies
like brick and mortar. You see, your thicker nap
holds more paint, so it will spread more evenly and reach deeper into
these types of surfaces and bonus, you don’t have to go
back to your paint tray as often. Use paint brushes for detail work
along edges, seams and corners and for trim, of course. A high quality brush ensures a better looking
finish with less effort because it holds more paint
and applies paint more evenly and you won’t have
bristles falling out and sticking to your
painted surfaces. That’s just that cool. Paint brushes come in a variety
of sizes, shapes and bristle types. The bristles on these brushes
may look similar to one another, but each is designed for a
specific type of paint and project. A nylon, a polyester or a nylon polyester blend bristle
brush works well with latex paint. Oil-based paint is
a different story. You’ll want to stick with a nylon
polyester blend brush for that, or use a natural bristle brush
for applying oil-based paints and oil-based finishes like varnish,
shellac and polyurethane. 2 and 2 1/2 wide brushes
are great for covering trim. Angled bristles like these
make it easier to paint your trim and help you achieve a
nice straight line for trimming in corners and edges. On the other hand straight bristles are best for
applying paint over large flat areas. So as you may have
figured out by now, selecting the right roller cover
and brush really does matter and if you still have questions, you’d be amazed
at how much the experts at your neighborhood
Sherwin-Williams store can tell you about bristles and naps. These kind of naps, just clarifying.

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