How to Choose The Right Painting Tools


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There’s nothing that gives your home a new lease of life quite like a fresh coat of paint. You get to hide all those little imperfections in an instant, a lovely new color to add a little personality to the space, and not to mention, the result can be pretty therapeutic. But while it might seem simple at first, if you don’t have the right set of tools, the experience can get complicated really quick.

You see, not all paint tools are made equal. They come in various shapes and sizes. And are made using different materials, all of which work differently with different types of paint. With the right kind of brush or roller at hand, the whole process should be significantly easier and less time-consuming. But the opposite also applies if you use the wrong tool.

So how do you pick the right paint tool for your operations? In this article, we shall highlight some major types of painting tools and look at their differences and advantages.


Synthetic vs. Natural Hair Paint Brushes


There are two main types of brushes: natural bristled brushes and synthetic brushes. The major difference between them is the material used in making their bristles. Let’s take a look.


Natural hair paint brushes

As the name suggests, natural hair brushes are made from animal hair (hog hair mostly). They are the preferred choice when looking to get a smooth finish. Natural brushes go best with alkyd and oil-based paint, but we will dive more into that down below.


Synthetic brushes

Synthetic brushes are mostly made using polyester or nylon or a combination of the two. They do well with latex, oil paint and water-based paints because they don’t soak up moisture during painting as much as natural bristles. However, there is still a difference between the two materials.



  • Nylon is the more durable of the two. This makes it last longer. However, it tends to soften when exposed to hot weather or latex paint for a long time.



  • Polyester brushes, on the other hand, will retain their shape and hardness in heat. However, they generally have a lower pick up rate. Meaning, you will spend longer loading the brush with paint. Also, the faster drying paints tend to cling on more to polyester, which makes it difficult to clean after use.


Polyester/nylon blend

  • Now, with a polyester/nylon blend, you get to enjoy all the positive features of nylon such as good pick, smooth finish and precise tipping and the positive’s from polyester, including better control and stiffness. Because of their versatility, they are the most popular choice by professionals.


What Kind Of Paint You Can Use With Each Paintbrush?


As mentioned earlier, different bristle materials work best with different kinds of paint. Let’s take a look.


Varnish, oil-based paints and stains

  • Natural hair brushes are best for varnish, oil-based paints. They give an overall smoother finish.


Water-based paint

  • For water-based paints, you’ll be better off going for nylon/polyester brushes or a combination of the two.  As we saw, synthetic brushes are good for this because they don’t soak up paint as you brush.


Latex paint

  • Latex paint is better handled by a 100% pure nylon brush instead of the blend of nylon and polyester.


Of course, the brushes will come with their own set of instructions, so you should also check on that before use.


Types Of Paint Rollers And Where They Are Best Suited


If you are handling ceilings and drywalls and large flat surfaces, an ordinary paintbrush just won’t cut it. For this, you will need a paint roller. Like we saw with the brushes, paint rollers also come in different types, each of which has its own advantages.


Manual rollers

These are the most popular rollers. Their handles usually have connectors to attach extensions. This gives them longer handles, making them ideal for painting high surfaces. You won’t even need a ladder. The downside is that manual rollers tend to dip more paint.


Pad rollers

Pad rollers usually feature a flatter pad that delivers straight, more even strokes. They also have small wheels on their edges to keep the application straight. Since they lie on a flat surface, they reduce any dripping or splattering of paint.


Textured rollers

These are made for painting textures onto surfaces. They have special foam covers with special patterns etched in them, so the paint goes to the wall leaving a certain imprint.


Specialty rollers

Some textured paints like stone, suede or light plasters will come with their own roller, designed to apply that paint specifically. Specialty rollers are more absorbent and tend to reduce splatter.


Mini Hot Dog Rollers

These are tiny miniature-sized paint rollers. They typically take the shape of a hot dog, and because of their size, they are more flexible for use in hard to reach areas. This includes areas behind sinks and heavy fixtures. They are also handy for painting shelves and doors.


Painter Bros Professional Painting


At Painter Bros, we specialize in all things paint. Our field of experience extends to everything from residential, commercial, interior, and exterior painting. If you have any further inquires on painting tools, feel free to contact us and let us do the rest.