06 Sep Painting tools brush or roller?
When painting a wall, furniture, or another surface part of your decoration, it is important not only to take time to choose the correct color but also to choose the products and painting tools that will help you achieve a better finish. The most popular options for applying paint are brushes and rollers, but do you know which one is best for your project? Aside from having its own benefits, each of these elements is better on certain surfaces. Before buying your tools, keep these details in mind:
Among the painting tools brushes are in a great variety since they are quite a personal choice. If your project is small, like window frames, end tables, or cabinets, a paintbrush is your best option. This tool is also perfect for surfaces with intricate details, such as antique furniture. With a brush, you can access all the holes and achieve a smooth finish.
An advantage of brushes is that they control the amount of paint better, so you can avoid dripping. If you like to be more mobile and take your time, a brush may be more comfortable for you.
In terms of materials, you can find brushes with natural or polyester/nylon bristles. Polyester/nylon brushes are the best choice for latex or water-based paints, and many painters prefer them when using oil-based paint as well as they are of better quality. Brushes with natural bristles help to achieve a better finish when using oil-based paints and varnishes.
When choosing the brush for your project, keep the size in mind. Brushes under two inches are used for details and small surfaces. Two to three-inch brushes are used for frames and corners. The four to five-inch brushes are used for walls, doors, and other large surfaces.
Rollers are the most popular painting tools for large surfaces. If you plan to paint a smooth wall, door, facade, or furniture, a roller may be more comfortable. For ceilings, you can use an extension roller, which will make the job easier. In cases of porous materials, such as brick or cement, a roller is the best option. Please note that this tool can only be used on flat surfaces.
An advantage of rollers is the speed with which they paint. Being larger and distributing the paint better, your project can finish faster. If the paint is not thinned, a roller shouldn’t cause too much squirting, but you should be sure not to load it too much, as extra paint can drip off the sides.
As with brushes, the materials are the same. You can choose natural fibers for oil-based paints, or polyester fibers for latex or water-based paints. You also have the option of choosing a mixture of natural fibers with polyester for all types of paint.
One of the most important details to consider when choosing a roller is the length of the grain. Rollers with one-quarter to one-third inch fibers are used on smooth surfaces, such as metal. For semi-smooth surfaces, like drywall, use one-third to one-half-inch rollers. For wood surfaces or textured walls, use rollers with fibers that are three-quarters to one inch long. Rollers with fibers from one inch long to one inch and one quarter are used in materials such as stucco. On highly porous surfaces, such as concrete, use rollers with one and a half inch long fibers.
The standard size for rollers is nine inches, the size varies depending on the surface you plan to paint.
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