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Choosing the Right Exterior Brush

Choosing the Right Exterior Brush

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, selecting the right paintbrush is just as critical as choosing the perfect color. Exterior painting poses unique challenges due to the different surfaces and environmental conditions. Here are the things you'll need to consider when choosing the right exterior brush:

Bristle Material

    Similar to interior paint brushes, exterior brushes also come in either natural or synthetic bristles. However, for exterior projects, synthetic bristles are the preferred choice for the following reasons:

    • Weather Resistance: Synthetic bristles are more durable and resilient when exposed to various weather conditions, such as rain, sun, and humidity.

    • Versatility: They work well with both water-based latex and oil-based paints, offering flexibility in your paint selection.

    • Easier Cleaning: Synthetic brushes are easier to clean, especially after using oil-based paints, as they don't absorb as much paint.

    Brush Shape

      The shape of the paintbrush plays a crucial role in the efficiency and effectiveness of your exterior painting project. Here are the common brush shapes and their applications:

      • Flat Brushes: For large, flat surfaces like siding and fences, flat brushes are ideal. They cover a significant area with each stroke, making the job faster and more efficient.

      • Angle Brushes: When dealing with corners, edges, and trim work, angle brushes come in handy. They allow for precision and help reach tight spots with ease.

      • Stain Brushes: If you're staining a deck or other wooden surfaces, consider using a stain brush with thicker, shorter bristles to better control the stain's application.

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      Brush Size

        The size of the exterior paint brush will depend on the scale of your project and the areas you'll be painting. As a general rule:

        • Large brushes (around 4 inches wide) are suitable for vast areas like walls and siding.

        • Medium-sized brushes (around 2 to 3 inches wide) work well for trim, windows, doors and other detailed sections.

        • Smaller brushes (around 1 inch wide) are excellent for intricate work and touch-ups.

        Using a combination of different-sized brushes will help you achieve a seamless finish.

        Handle Durability

          Exterior painting projects can be time-consuming, so choosing a brush with a sturdy and durable handle is essential. Look for brushes with handles made from materials like hardwood or plastic, as they can withstand the rigors of outdoor painting. Some brushes also have ergonomic handles for added comfort and grip. We have sash, beavertail, short, rat tail and other handle styles to choose, based on what style of painting you prefer.

          Consider Specialized Brushes

            For specific exterior painting tasks, such as painting shingles, gutters, or wrought iron railings, specialized brushes can make a significant difference in the final result. Consider investing in brushes specifically designed for these unique surfaces for better application and coverage.


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            Quality and Maintenance

              Investing in a high-quality exterior paint brush is crucial for the longevity of your project. Quality brushes will hold up better against rough surfaces and harsh weather conditions, allowing you to achieve a lasting and professional finish.

              After each use, make sure to clean the brush thoroughly according to the manufacturer's guidelines to prolong its life. Proper maintenance will prevent the bristles from becoming stiff or misshapen, ensuring consistent performance for future projects.

              A good way to clean paint brushes is to use the Pretty Boy Paint Cleaner & Conditioner, which we also have in stock! 


              Choosing the right exterior paintbrush is the foundation of a successful and long-lasting painting project. You should try out brushes that contain synthetic bristles for their weather-resistant properties, and select the appropriate brush shape and size based on your painting needs. Prioritize durability, comfort, and quality, as these factors will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable painting experience.

              If you are interested in checking out our collection of exterior (or interior) paint brushes, CLICK HERE TO BROWSE OUR COLLECTION OF BRUSHES

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