Painting & Finishing Tools


Brushes are available in either natural bristles or synthetic filaments.

• Natural bristle brushes are made from animal hair. Use them for applying oil-based


• Synthetic brushes have filaments made from nylon, polyester, Chinex or a combination. Use them for applying water-based paints.


Trim Brush

• Also called a sash brush, it is used to paint trim and smaller, detailed work.

• It is generally available in 1” to 3” widths.

• End of bristles or filaments (edge) can be square (flat) or cut at an angle (angular) for cut- ting in delicate trim work.

• With square trim brushes, the end of the brush is trimmed flat or horizontal.

• With chisel trim, the end of the brush is cut to a dome-like shape, which increases taper and cutting-in properties.

• Tips can be “flagged,” or have split ends.

Paint Brush/Wall Brush

• Also called a flattening brush.

• Generally comes in 3” to 5” widths.

• Used for painting larger surfaces, such as ceilings, floors, chimneys, etc.



Varnish Brush

• Commonly used by professional painters for applying a wide variety of paints and stains.

• Known for holding and delivering more paint than other types of brushes.

• Some have satin-edge finishes on bristles for enhanced performance.

• Recommended for both interior and exterior painting.


Stain Brush

• A wider brush generally available in 4” to 6” widths.

• Many types feature natural white China bristles for working with oil-based stains, sealers and wood toners.

• Also available in synthetic filaments.


Chip Brush

• A utility brush designed for a variety of applications, including painting or applying glue,oil, cleaning or dusting.

• Usually made from China bristle.

• Designed to be economical and disposable.


Foam Brush

• Foam brushes have handles like regular brushes, but a foam pad replaces the bristles.

• Considered disposable because they are inexpensive, but most are durable enough to be cleaned and reused.

• Ideal for clear finishes, however, most brands are not recommended for use with lacquer or shellac, which have chemical formulas that destroy the foam.

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