Why On Earth Would You Spend $20 on a Paint Brush?
You wouldn’t if you don’t care about brush marks or how long it takes to finish the job.
Quality brushes are made with tapered bristles (called filaments by brush makers) that are tipped (further narrowed at the end) and flagged (sliced at the end) so that the brush holds more paint and releases it without brush marks. The best brushes have varying filament lengths and tapers to give the brush some stiffness, but still allow it to bend gradually for better control and smooth paint release. This requires that the filaments be tipped and flagged prior to assembly, which makes assembling the brush much more difficult.
What’s the best brush? It depends what you’re painting. Many brushes say they work with all paints, but that’s just not true. For oil based paints, varnishes and polyurethanes a natural bristle works best. Generally, the white china bristle is what most experts use, but you can find camel hair and even sable if cost is no object. The softer the bristle the smoother the finish.
For water based products a synthetic bristle is usually best. In hot, humid climates a nylon blend usually holds up best. If you’ve every had your brush wilt like a piece of overcooked spaghetti you were using the wrong brush.
We stock a variety of quality brushes from Purdy and Wooster.
…Of course, if you just want to slop on some paint we also have brushes for 75¢