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There are two types of brushes:
• Natural bristle – made with animal hair; hog hair is best. Natural bristle brushes are best used with oil-based or alkyd paint.
• Synthetic brushes – made with nylon, polyester or a combination. They can be used with oil or latex paint.
For latex paint, you should only use synthetic brushes. For oil-based or alkyd paints, you can use either synthetic or natural bristle but it's always a good idea to check the manufacturer's recommendations.
You can accomplish most paint jobs with a larger 4-inch brush for coverage and a smaller 2-inch brush for trim work and cutting in around corners.
A smooth finish depends on the bristles so be sure you're getting a quality brush:
• Look at the tips of the bristles. A good natural-bristle brush is flagged, having split ends on the tips. The good synthetic ones have fuzzy-looking tips.
• See if the bristles are trimmed to a tapered chisel-shaped end, not flat.
• Tap the ferrule (the aluminum or stainless steel band) and make sure that no bristles fall out. The ferrule should be tightly wrapped and secured around the brush handle. Cheap brushes will lose their bristles. A rusty ferrule can also discolor paint if dipped into the can.
Handle styles will vary from wider sizes to fit palms to small pencil-sized ones for precision work.
Disposable brushes are an inexpensive alternative that can be discarded after the job is done, eliminating clean up.