Are you looking for the right brush for your painting jobs? In that case, read on as a flawless result depends on several factors. The suitable material will make your job much more comfortable, and you will achieve a magnificent result.
What is the difference between a water-based paintbrush and a solvent-based paintbrush?
When using hairspray, this is the first important choice you have to make. Be sure to choose the brush bristles that match the type of paint you have chosen.
For solvent-based painting, it is best to use a paintbrush with natural pig hair. This type of hair absorbs this kind of paint well and allows it to be distributed evenly because pig hair has split ends.
On the other hand, brushes made of natural bristles are not suitable for painting in the aqueous phase. Indeed, the latter gives back to the pig hair their natural curved shape. Suddenly, these open and this is called the umbrella effect in technical jargon. So choose this type of paint a paintbrush with synthetic bristles.
The rectangular brush is the ideal brush for painting large, highly structured and very irregular surfaces, such as concrete or masonry facades and walls in the garden. Its filling effect is because the rectangular brush absorbs (and then releases) a large amount of paint at a time. The paint fills or covers every small cavity or pore. Your facade is thus perfectly protected against humidity and bad weather.
The flat brush is versatile. It is equally suitable for painting crisp lines in corners that you cannot reach with your roller, as it is for plastering stairs or varnishing doors and much more. By choosing a set of brushes of different widths, complemented by a series of felt rollers, you will be able to complete almost all your painting jobs.
It is the right brush for the most precise painting jobs. Varieties with hairs gathered at one point allow you to draw even finer lines. These brushes are ideal for painting door frames, windows, window frames and other fine woodwork.
Brushes are great for finishing up your painting jobs and for touching up. The flat brushes are handy for very thin boundaries.
This angled brush lets you paint easily between and behind radiators. You work cleanly, and every corner of your radiator is impeccably painted.
Tip: Before first use, rub the new brush on sandpaper. Then roll the brush between your hands. Thus you eliminate poorly set hairs.
The Right Painter's Tape For The Right Medium
Are you painting a wall, painting a door in colour, or brushing a metal table? For each type of support, there is a specific painter's tape. If you do not use the right type of tape, you may end up having to endure a long, arduous job.
Glued well with the right masking paper
Quality always pays off. This principle also applies to a wide range of masking papers. If you work with inexpensive products, you risk that glue residue will adhere to your substrate and that the quality of your finish leaves something to be desired. If you are painting a ceiling, wall or door, the thickness of your painter's tape will also be important. Read here our tips for properly protecting your support before starting your painting work.
Do you need masking tape? Opt for the best quality straight away and choose the type of tape suited to the support:
- For standard flat substrates, located inside as well as outside such as skirting boards, windows, doors or casings, preferably use a thin tape with medium adhesive power and a taut delineation such as Tape & Relax Gold.
- For a delicate paint job like masking freshly painted walls or an accent wall, use the light tack power of Tape & Relax Purple.
- On very delicate supports such as wallpaper or raw veil, play it safe with a very light adhesive such as Tape & Relax Blue.
- On a raw or porous support such as concrete or interior and exterior brick, preferably use Tape & Relax Green. This super-strong adhesive is ideal for all interior and exterior stone substrates.
- If you need to apply the adhesive tape on a slightly damp surface, it is better to use Tape & Relax Red with a higher adhesive power. This same red masking tape is the ideal solution when applying a decorative technique.
Between the tips and tricks that follow and you, it sticks!
Sometimes you have to spread your painting jobs over several weekends. But how long should a masking paper stay in place?
Depending on the substrate you are applying it to, the type of tape used and whether your work is done indoors or outdoors, you can leave the painter's tape in place for the maximum time. It also depends on the drying of the paint (in aqueous or synthetic phase) and on the environment in which you carry out your work: humidity, temperature, more or less strong wind.
Ideally, the tape is removed when the paint film is no longer too wet, that is to say when it has already dried, and probably before it is completely dry.
The painter's tape that you glued to a primer, and which has therefore been covered, can remain in place for the application of the next coat of paint. That said, in doing so, you run the risk that by removing that tape afterwards, it will tear due to successive layers of paint.
Warning! If you use inexpensive tape, there is a risk that it will tear when you remove it, leaving glue residue, and the paint coating being damaged. For this reason, always buy good quality tape and do not leave it on longer than directed.