Paint brushes are available in all shapes and sizes. Some are better suited for some jobs than others, and there are two primary types of brushes to choose from: Synthetic and natural.
Synthetic brushes have bristles made from nylon, polyester, or a combination of the two. They can be used with all types of paint, but are especially good with latex and water-based paints. Synthetic brushes are generally less expensive than natural brushes.
The bristles on natural brushes are made with animal hair. Hog hair, also called "China Bristle," is widely regarded as the best. Natural brushes are extremely absorbent, and they work best with oil-based paints, urethanes, stains and varnishes. It is not recommended that you use natural brushes with water-based paints; they will absorb water and can leave streaks and other defects.
Itís important that you clean paint brushes after every job. If youíre working with water-based paint, a little soap and water can clean your brush.
For oil-based paint, youíll need to clean your brush with solvent. Pour a little solvent into a plastic bag, and then insert your brush into the bag. This allows you to work the solvent into the bristles without making a mess. Afterwards, give the brush a final rinse.
Finally, store your brushes by laying them flat or standing them upright on their handles.
By keeping paint brushes in top shape, youíll have tools that can last for many years.