Types of paintbrushes

Walk into a hardware or paint store today to buy a paint brush and you could easily be overwhelmed by the number of options you have. The range in price and quality is pretty amazing, but there are a few basic choices you need to make.

The first choice is what material you want for the bristles, natural or synthetic. If you’ll be painting with water-based latex paint, choose synthetic bristles, which can hold up to water without losing their shape. For enamel, choose a brush with natural bristles. If you’re using oil-based paint, you can use either material. Remember that the softer the bristles the smoother the finish. Stiff bristles tend to leave brush strokes.

Next, decide whether you want a flat brush or an angled one. Angled brushes, also called sash brushes, let you get into small corners and create crisp, straight lines. They’re perfect for painting window sashes or trim. Flat brushes are best for larger, wide surfaces like shingles, siding, and walls.

Finally, choose the right size brush for the job. For precise jobs like window sashes and trim you’ll want a small brush, usually one or two inches. Use a larger brush, three or four inches wide, for bigger jobs.

Choosing exterior color

Source: dalydaly

Source: dalydaly

To make the most of your color, use your home and its surroundings as a guide.

House: Pick complements to colors that already exist on your home, such as a honey hue on a cedar-shingle roof, red on a brick foundation, or gray on a stone stoop.
Neighborhood: Survey your block. Painting your house a bright yellow among a sea of gray and beige will make it stand out—in a bad way. A muted blue or green would be a better fit but still distinguish it.
Landscape: Play off nature. A light green, for instance, might be just the ticket for a property thick with trees and sun-dappled shade, while a dusky orange would complement the sun-scorched deserts of the southwest.
Weather: The farther south you go, the more intense the sun. So use bright, saturated colors that won't appear washed out in the harsh light. In wintry northern climates, where the landscape is often leafless and the sky is gray for much of the year, cooler hues are a better choice.

Lead paint

    Lead paint was common place before the 1950's. It was not only used in commercial painting products, but coated many children's toys. Lead was used to enhance color and because of its opaque nature, a small amount could cover a large area, making it cost effective.  But the effects of lead on our health is profound. It has severe effects on the brain and can inhibit the body's ability to absorb the metals we need, like iron, calcium and zinc. Small children, who have the tendency to put everything in their mouths, are the most affected by lead's crippling effects, and in 1950, the use of lead paint in children's toys was banned. 

photo credit: Wayan Vota

photo credit: Wayan Vota

    Lead based decorative paints were still allowed on the market several decades after that, which is why so many older homes have it on their walls. Over time, old paint crumbles into dust, which can coat surfaces or be breathed in by inhabitants. If you believe your home contains lead paint, there are many home kits available for purchase to confirm your suspicions. If you confirm that you do have lead paint in your home, it is wise to look into the professional removal of it, especially if you have children. Megna painting has been certified in lead paint removal. Please call us if you think you may have lead paint in your home or business and we will help get rid of it promptly and thoroughly.