How to Use a Paint Brush

Even though paint brush may have several disadvantages, some people still prefer to paint with it. If you would like to have a good result from paint brush, you better read this article. But, if you are a painter, we suggest you to use air spray gun to get a faster result from painting. So, here are several steps to use a paint brush.

  1. Pour a quart of the paint into a 4-or 5-qt pail.

Because you will move around a lot to paint, therefore we suggest you to have another working paint. In fact, for best results from brushing, don’t dip directly from the can.

  1. Prepare the edges (optional)

You can create edges by using tape, if the boards you’re painting butt against a different paint color or a wall, against the edge, pushing it down tight against the surface to prevent the wet paint from bleeding underneath the tape.

  1. Dip the Brush Bristles 1 to 2 in

To work faster in coating the woodwork, you can have more paint onto the brush carrier, but you need to watch out from any dripping paint. Tap the tip of the brush against the pail, to reduce the amount of paint. For a drier brush, try dragging one side over the edge of the pail. If you like to have a drier brush, try dragging one side over the edge of pail.

  1. Start at the top of the board with the loaded brush and stroke down toward the middle

The best way for painting is to let the paint flow smoothly onto the surface with little effort on your part. When the brush begins to drag, stop and reload.

  1. Quickly coat an area with several brush loads of paint and then running the unloaded brush tip over it to blend and smooth it out

The method of running the unloaded brush tip over it to blend and smooth it out is called as tipping. If you would like to tip your wall, you need to let the paint more than a minute before do the tipping, remember also to try to coat a whole board or section. Tip the wet paint by setting the tip of the brush against the wet paint at the top of the board and lightly stroking down the whole length of the board. To do this stroke you need to hold the brush almost vertical to the surface.

  1. Cut in along the edges

Learn with a smaller brush (1-1/2 in.) but you can move to bigger brush if you already able to gain more control. Dip the brush and scrape one side on the pail. Hold the dry side of the brush toward the line and slowly draw the brush along. Hold your arm to make it steady and keep the stroke moving.  Use gentle downward pressure; you want the bristles to splay out slightly as you stroke. You’ll find you can control the paint line by varying the pressure you apply to the brush. When the brush is dry, reload and start where the previous stroke ended. Sometimes you’ll have to go back over a section where the paint is shy of the line. Complete cutting in and then coat the rest of the piece.

  1. Clean the Brush Immediately after Stopping

Prepare warm and soapy water to wash latex brushes, then rinse it in clean water, then shake dry (or dry in a spinner). Tidy up the bristles back into shape. Rinse oil brushes thoroughly in fresh paint thinner and shake dry. A quality brush will last longer until several years with proper cleaning.

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