In order to properly choose paint brushes or rollers for your painting work, you have to assess the paint as well as the surface area to be painted. There are different types of rollers and brushes that vary in size, shape, and material. Keep on reading and your Princeton handyman will make things clearer on the matter.


Types of rollers

Size. The chosen size will depend on the surface you’re going to paint.

Material. The material must be taken into account depending on the paint you’re going to use with it. For example, rollers with small or short hair are suitable for acrylic and latex paints, foam pads for enamel or varnishes and rigid rollers for extra effects.

Form. You will also have to take into account the form with respect to the purpose, especially if you want to make certain details in the base paint layer, or in case you have to paint some more complicated and inaccessible areas properly.

The rollers are ideal for painting large areas and have the benefit of not leaving marks or scratches such as brushes tend to.

As mentioned, there are several types of rollers and each one has its specific use.


Wool rollers

The wool rollers (synthetic or natural), can have short or long hair, and opting for these will depend on the surface and the paint that you’ll use. In general, wool rollers work the best with acrylic and water-based paint. If the surface is smooth, it’s better to go for a short hair roller; if, on the contrary, the surface is textured and uneven, the choice should fall on a roller with long hair.


Rubber foam rollers

This type of roller should be used with synthetic paints as its material and composition allow for a better finish and some textural effects.


Textured rollers

This type of roller makes it possible to work with two colors – a base one and another one that will be used with this roller. It can provide the appearance of wallpaper, wood, and texture. Also, it can be used on the entire surface or specific areas. Textured rollers are widely popular for decorative paintings.

Another benefit of a textured roller is that it allows users to extend it to reach high surfaces without the need to climb a ladder. This can be done by adding a handle extension.


Types of brushes

In order to choose paint brushes or rollers, you also have to know the different types of brushes. Essentially, a paintbrush can be either natural or artificial with synthetic bristles.

Natural bristles. They are the best choice for a smooth finish.

Synthetic bristles. They are a bit harder than the natural ones and provide better coverage on uneven and textured surfaces

Flat brushes. They distribute the paint rather regularly. This is why they’re ideal for water-based paints, varnish, and dyes. The finish of these brushes can be pointed, flat or beveled.

Brushes cut at an angle. Brushes that have bristles cut at an angle are ideal for edges, contours, and moldings in general.


The above-mentioned tips on how to choose paint brushes or rollers are very helpful for those of you who wish to do the paintwork on your own. However, you can always rely on your local Princeton handyman and ifixit if there’s any repair and maintenance work to be done in your home.

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