Choosing the Right Paint Brush or Roller

Once your painting preparation has been done, make sure that you choose Haymes Paint colours and use our simple online paint calculator to buy the right amount of paint. However, before you can start the painting, you need to consider choosing the right paint brush. Using the wrong paint brush or paint roller can result in a different finish to what you planned.

How to Choose the Right Paint Brush

There are a few things to remember when choosing the right paint brush. A good quality paint brush will get you a professional quality finish. One of the key mistakes people make when choosing paint brushes is using the wrong type of brush - You need to consider the type of paint you’re going to apply.

The best brush for water-based paints is one made of synthetic bristle, nylon or polyester. Natural bristle brushes are better suited to oil-based paints. If you use natural bristle brushes with water-based paints, the natural fibres will absorb the water causing them to swell and quickly lose shape. The handle of your paint brush will be a matter of personal preference.

Different types of paint brushes are used for different types of painting projects and include:

  • Wall brushes
  • Cutter brushes including oval, sash and angle cutters

When you’ve finished painting for the day, it’s important to avoid leaving paint brushes standing in water or solvent for extended periods of time. Doing so will cause them to swell and lose shape. Wash your paint brush in the recommended solvent, before using warm soapy water and rinse it before allowing to dry. We suggest you wrap paint brushes in newspaper or cloth to allow them to breathe.

How to Choose the Right Paint Roller

Choosing the right paint roller for your painting project is as important as choosing the right paint brush. Using the right roller can cut hours off your painting time while leaving behind a smooth even finish. The type of paint roller you buy will be determined by the kind of paint you'll be using and the surface to be painted.

Paint rollers are typically available in widths from 60mm to 460mm. The roller sleeves are commonly made of synthetic blends, lamb's wool, mohair and foam along with a range of specialty covers such as a nylon loop for applying textured paints. A good quality paint roller sleeve will have a moisture resistant plastic or phenolic resin core. They’ll also be made with solvent resistant glue so that the fabric nap will stay bonded to the core instead of ending up on your wall. Paint rollers have different nap lengths including:

  • Mohair and shorter nap synthetics in a 4 to 5 millimetres nap length. This is a good choice for applying oil-based gloss and semi-gloss paints.
  • Synthetic nap lengths between 5 to 10 millimetres synthetic are suitable for higher sheen acrylic paints such as gloss or semi-gloss.
  • A nap length between 12 and 15 millimetres is generally used for walls and ceilings where a matte or low sheen finish is being used.

Before using a new paint roller, you should always rinse it thoroughly before spinning it dry. This will help to remove any loose fibres that may have been left during the manufacturing process, so they don't end up on your new paint finish spoiling your hard work

Get Further Advice About Paint Brushes & Paint Rollers

Still unsure which paint brush and paint roller to use for your painting project? Visit your local Haymes stockist to get professional painting tips and advice.