I've got all the indoor doors to gloss paint and the brush I've started
wit is beyond cr@p. It holds very little paint and is developing severe
alopecia. Progress is slow and messy.
Can anyone recommend a decent brand or source of a brush that will help
me do a better and faster job?
I've found that you have to be prepared and work fast especially with
water based paints on a very hot day. If you are too slow the paint can
start drying/filming before you have chance to rework it. Mini rollers
on their own can leave an orange peel type finish - which may not look
that bad for some applications where it can hide some minor infections
in what you are painting.
You also need a good quality soft natural bristle brush for a good
finish. I've found that brushes with synthetic fibres tend to leave much
more obvious brush marks.
Synthetic fibre brushes also tend to differ vastly in quality and IMO
price doesn't always reflect quality. Some of the better synthetic fibre
brushes in my collection have been from pound type shops with molded
plastic ferrules that don't rust nor shed bristles and hold a decent
amount of paint.
Always wash a new brush and/or dry paint some brick work to see if the
brush is going to drop bristles. Removing bristles from what you are
painting can be a PITA and slow you down.
If using a water based paint on a roller placing it in a plastic bag and
tying up the opening of the bag (plastic food bags with plastic zips are
good for this) allows you to continue using the roller for 12/24hours
without having to clean it.
Painting outside this time of year with white paint may attract flying
insects such as greenfly. Don't try and remove them when the paint is
still wet! You may still achieve an acceptable finish if you let the
paint fully dry and then wipe off the insects with a damp cloth.
I just use a roller, and only use a paint brush for fiddly bits.
OP hasn't told us if the paint is water-based or solvent based,
which needs different types of brush.
Oil paint needs a good bristle brush, which are not good for
water-based paints and vice-versa.
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