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STARTING A PAINTING PROJECT: WHICH BRUSH IS BEST?

 CLEVELAND, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than 126 years do-it- yourselfers have relied on Sherwin-Williams for answers to their painting and decorating questions. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions about painting tools. For more information on paint applicators and usage tips, Sherwin-Williams offers a free AnswerGuide(TM) on Painting Tools, available at any local Sherwin- Williams store.
 Q: What types of brushes do I need to get started?
 A: There are many factors to consider when you are selecting brushes for your painting project. First, the quality of the brush will determine the quality of the finished job. Quality brushes hold more paint, control dripping and spattering, and apply paint smoothly. Here's what to look for:
 -- NATURAL BRISTLE BRUSHES (also called China or hog bristle) are the preferred choice for applying oil-based paints, varnishes and lacquers. While they are excellent for oil-based paints, natural bristles will absorb water, and are therefore not recommended for use with latex paints.
 -- NYLON/POLYESTER BRUSHES are used for both latex and oil-based paints. Quality synthetic brushes are easy to clean and maintain their shape and stiffness regardless of the amount of exposure to water and humidity.
 -- FLAGGED BRISTLES have split ends which help load the brush with more paint, and allow the paint to flow on smoothly. The better the flagging, the fewer the brush marks left on the painted surface. Cheaper brushes have less flagging or none at all.
 -- TAPERED BRISTLES also help paint flow and provide a smooth paint release. The base of each bristle is thicker than the tip, which gives a fine painting edge and precise control.
 -- FULLNESS is another important factor. As you press the bristles against your hand, they should feel full and springy. Make sure they don't fan too much. Check for bristle gaps or any loosely held bristles.
 -- BRISTLE LENGTH should vary. As you run your hand over the bristles, some shorter ones should pop up first, indicating a variety of lengths for better paint loading and smoother application.
 -- BRUSH SIZE is determined by the painting job at hand. Most painting projects require two brushes. A narrow one (1-2 inches) for trim work and a wide one (3-4 inches) for large, flat areas.
 Q: What other tools might I need for a painting project?
 A: Rollers, pads and sprayers are other tools you should consider. What you'll need depends on the size and scope of your project.
 -- ROLLERS work best on large, flat areas such as interior walls and ceilings. Roller covers, like brushes, are made with natural or synthetic covers. Natural-fiber covers (lambswool or mohair) are best for oil-based paints, synthetic covers are best for latex paints.
 -- PAINT PADS are easy to use and allow smooth, splatter-free application on a variety of surfaces including interior walls, ceilings, floors, exterior siding, concrete block and shingles.
 -- SPRAYERS are efficient for covering large areas or painting intricate surfaces. Using a paint sprayer requires some practice, and they are generally not recommended for novice painters.
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