The anatomy of a paintbrush

June 12th, 2020

This infographic illustrates the key things to consider when choosing your new brush, for detailed advice ask the staff in your local Brewers branch, as we stock a variety of quality brands and price levels.

First and foremost, when you purchase a brush you tend to get what you pay for.

In general, the better the brush, the more likely you are to get a better finish 

Price is often a good indicator of quality

Obviously any manufacturer guidance on which finishes are most suited to application by their products should not be ignored, as any quality manufacturer will have spent some time on testing prior to introducing a product into the trade market.

In fact, most leading trade product manufacturers even have panels of experienced decorators who test their products and provide feedback prior to launch, so when you purchase a quality brand you can be sure that a lot of thought and care will have gone into the product before it reaches Brewers' shelves!

Always be sure to handle a brush prior to purchase to ensure that it feels comfortable and well balanced in the hand

Be prepared to try new designs which are recommended for specific finishes/purposes if your budget allows, as some tremendous developments have been made in recent times with synthetic filaments and general design which mean that brushes are more tailored to specific uses now than they ever have been.

There are however, many very good general purpose brushes available too, so if in doubt these will usually give a very acceptable result.

Comfortable handles, rust resistant ferrules and a quality, well filled head of a suitable length are all good indicators of a brush that will give good results.

Brushes last well and perform better when properly looked after