Synthetic Paint Brush

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Mac fling eyebrow. As the name suggests, natural bristle paint brushes are made from natural animal hair such as hog, sable and badger.

When to Use Natural Bristle Brushes

Natural bristle brushes are great when you are using:

  • Oil-based paint
  • Varnish
  • Shellac
  • Shellac-based primer
  • Alkyd enamels
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Chalk-based paint
  • Milk paint
  • Clay-based paint

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The Good

These type of bristles actually split naturally which makes them designed to pick up, hold and distribute natural paints and can speed up painting. The soft flexibility of natural bristle brushes help to apply a thin, even layer of paint reducing streaks and distributes paint evenly. When using these brushes with natural paints (chalk/milk/clay-based) there is less chance of streaking than with synthetic brushes.

The Bad

If you are looking for precision painting, natural brushes can be difficult to use.


Synthetic bristles are made from materials like nylon, polyester or a mix of both.

When to Use Synthetic Bristle Brushes

Synthetic bristle brushes are great when you are using: Mac big brow pencil cork paint.

  • Water-based latex paints
  • Water-based primers
  • Gloss Paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water-based wood finishes

The Good

Nylon brushes are durable, excellent paint pickup, and smooth finish.


The Bad

Nylon brushes soften in hot weather or after a lot of use with latex paint. Brushes can lose the ability to create a smooth, precise finish.

What happens if you use the “wrong” bristled brush with the recommended paint?

If you try to apply latex paint with a natural-bristle brush, the bristles will absorb the water from the paint and become extremely limp, making it difficult to spread the paint smoothly.

Not sure what size of brush to use either?

The size of the brush to use will really depend on the type of project you are tackling. Here is a short guide to help you get started. Don’t forget to read the packaging on each brush. Many manufacturers list the recommended use for their brushes.


The shape of the brush can affect how easily you will be able to paint your project. A brush with a squared-off end works well for flat surfaces because it will hold plenty of paint and spread evenly. Angled brushes are for precise work on trim and corners because they allow for more control and a straighter line.

Do your really get what you pay for with a paintbrush?

As a general rule, you do get what you pay for with paintbrushes. Although I have a lot of inexpensive brushes in my workshop, I have found that I keep going back to the more expensive brush. I am currently using a Cling-On brush, which I paid $30 CND, and LOVE it because of the smooth finish I achieve.

  • Cling-On! — synthetic bristle brushes
  • Zibra — synthetic bristle brushes
  • Purdy — offers both synthetic and natural bristle brushes
  • Wooster — offers both synthetic and natural brushes
  • Staalmeester — synthetic / natural bristle blend

Don’t forget about Prep Work!

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Even the perfect paint brush isn’t a guarantee for a smooth, flawless finish. If you haven’t prep your surface properly, you will be disappointed with the final product. Do you need a refresher on what steps to take for proper prep work? Check out the blog post I wrote 7 Steps To Prep Furniture .



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