Paint Brush Choice & Care: Better Brushes, Better Results

9th November 2021

People may spend hours debating the best paint kind and colour for a remodelling project, but they seldom commit the same amount of effort to choosing the perfect brush for the job. Paint brushes, like paints, come in a variety of styles and kinds. At Porter Decorators we know the value of a good brush. So let us inform you:


The benefits of a good paintbrush:

So, how do you ensure your brush continues to give you all of the above perks for as long as possible? Proper paintbrush care is the only solution.

In this article, we are going to discuss six tips on how you can care for your paintbrush. Let’s help you get the most out of your new paintbrushes:


1. Brushes Should Not Be Left in Water

Using several paintbrushes at the same time is a frequent technique. This is due to several different reasons. You’d want a brush for each colour, so you don’t have to wash them as often. Many brush shapes may be used in various areas of the painting. A rigger and a flat may be required for painting delicate lines and blocking in more effective forms. That’s OK, but you don’t want to paint with your brushes submerged in water for hours.


2. Don’t Fill Your Water Bucket Too Much

Overfilling your water bucket is another problem with paintbrushes. You just need enough water to immerse the bristles thoroughly. I guess it wouldn’t matter if you were careful not to leave your brushes in the water while you painted.


3. After Each Use, Thoroughly Clean Your Brushes

This is a no-brainer, but it’s also the most crucial. Allowing paint to dry in your brushes’ bristles is the fastest way to damage them.


4. Before They Dry, Shape the Bristles

Reshape your brushes’ bristles while they’re still wet. Do not just dry them off with malformed bristles. After you’ve done washing them with soap and water, form the brush into a point with your fingers.


5. When Removing Dried Paint, Avoid Using Harsh Solvents

Solvents like acetone, lacquer thinner, and isopropyl alcohol are dangerous. They burn quickly and emit toxic gases. Also, these solvents may harm your brushes. They may remove paint off the handles as well as the bristles.


6. Store Brushes in a Brush Case While Traveling

Brushes packed loosely in a container move about while travelling. Other baggage may be placed on top. You don’t want the bristles twisted and pressed for too long. A cheap brush holder may prevent paintbrushes from harm.



Whether you are a regular painter or trying it out for the first time, these tips should help your brushes last longer and be in use for many years.

If you feel your project is too big or that you don’t have the time, you can always call on the services of Porter Decorators. We are always happy to help whether it’s guidance on your paintbrush care or to take on a larger job we are just a phone call away.