What is the correct brush when painting the outside of a house?

This is a great question for anyone who wants to transform the outside of their home. You may be tempted to pick up a roller and go straight to painting, but these are actually best suited for bigger, flat surfaces, like drywall or expansive areas of brick. While they may save time at first, they’ll cause paint to pool into edges and can’t reach the corners for more detailed work. Others would tell you to coat your house with an airless spray gun, but this leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to a smooth coat of paint without visible overlapping.

So what should you use? Add a splash of color to your siding by starting with a traditional, 4-inch flat brush. Of course, this is just the beginning of the journey. Let’s look at a few more items to think about before you get started.

You’ll want to consider the type of paint you’re going to use so you can choose the brush material accordingly. Water-based paints are most often used for exterior applications, so let’s start there. These acrylic or latex paints call for blended nylon/polyester or straight polyester brushes, which are durable and will ensure an evenly distributed and smooth finish. However, if you’ll be painting on metal or bleeding wood surfaces like cedar, you’ll want to pick up some oil-based paints (such as alkyd) and an assortment of brushes made with natural animal hair bristles.

Finally, think about your exterior style. If your home features a lot of small details and corners, you’ll also want to add a 1.5-inch angled sash brush to cut in or cover window trim. If you’re painting over porous masonry or stucco instead of siding, then a roller is actually the way to go. Finally, if you’re in a rush or have a lot of ground to cover, you can consider using a spray gun. Just make sure you use the proper technique to ensure a smooth, lasting finish.

Ready to transform the exterior of your home? Paintzen has everything you need, from DIY paint kits to painting crews that can take care of everything for you. With an easy online quote system and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, we’ll have your home looking like new in no time.

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