To complete any job, you’re going to need the right tools. In the world of painting, two of your most trusty tools are the paint brush and the paint roller. While both of these tools help with painting, they serve different roles, and knowing the appropriate times to use each one will help your paint job run more smoothly. Find out when it’s best to use a paint brush versus a paint roller.
Using a Paint Brush
There are all kinds of paint brushes. Brushes can be available in various sizes and styles and deciding on the paint brush you want to use comes down to what kind of job you’re facing. When you’re selecting a paint brush, think about the surface on which you’re painting. You should use a paint brush whenever you’re working with a smaller surface area. They’re great to use on edges, corners, and trims.
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with whatever paint brush you choose as well. You want to feel comfortable with how you hold the brush. Another thing to think about is the bristles. Bristles come in different styles and sizes, too, just like the brushes themselves.
When deciding on brush size, consider the following
- 1-2 inches: Ideal for detail work, smaller areas, touch-ups, and trim areas that are very tight.
- 2.5-3 inches: Work well with corner work and all kinds of trim.
- 4 or 5 inches: suitable for bigger spaces, such as walls.
Using Paint Rollers
Like paint brushes, paint rollers are available in various sizes, and you can also choose from different materials and lengths. When you’re picking out a paint roller for your needs, think about how much space you’ll need to paint. The pile depth or nap you need will depend on what kind of surface you’re painting too.
When deciding on the length of your nap, here is what to consider:
- ¼-3/16 inches: great on smoother surfaces.
- ⅜- ½ inches: can be used on smooth surfaces but also useful for semi-smooth areas as well.
- ¾ inches: best used on semi-rough spots.
- Between 1 and 1.25 inches: use on rough spaces.
- 1.5 inches: ideal for working on very rough patches.
Once you’ve figured out the right tool to use while you’re painting, your chances of a successful painting project will be much higher.
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