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There is no one paint brush that is right for every project. Instead, there are different brushes out there, with a particular one being the best for each situation. For example, if you are using an alkyd paint, or other oil base materials, you should only use brushes with natural bristles. If you are using latex paint, or other water-based materials, only use paint brushes with synthetic bristles. If you were to use a natural-bristle brush with latex paint, the bristles would soak up the water and become limp. There are also two different types of synthetic-bristle brushes to choose from - polyester and nylon. Polyester brushes are able to remain stiff in water or heat. Also, because they keep their shape so well, they are great for doing detail work. Nylon brushes don't wear down as fast as polyester brushes, but a disadvantage is that they don't keep their stiffness as well in heat.

In addition to the kind of paint you are using, you also need to take into consideration what you are using the brush for. For example, when you are cutting in, use a large, flat (non-angled) brush. The bigger the brush, the easier it is to get a straight line, so a 4-inch brush will work well. When painting trim or molding, use an angled brush. Angles range from 1 to 3 ½ inches, but we recommend 2 ½.

When purchasing a brush, you shouldn't underestimate how it feels in your hand. When painting, you may be holding that brush for a long time, so you want to get one that feels comfortable and isn't too heavy. Try holding different ones in your hand, holding them just as you would if you were painting, and pick the one that feels the best.

Keep in mind that no matter what kind of brushes you need, always go with a high-quality brush. They can cost anywhere from $40 to $80 dollars depending on the type, but it's always worth it. There is an enormous performance difference between a good quality brush and a cheap one.

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