Even better? The RIGHT brush.
Why is this the case? Why aren't all brushes created equal? Why do different paints need different brushes?
A brush is a brush, right?
Whether you are a newbie DIY-er or an avid furniture upcycler, this guide will clear things up by providing the information to make the right decision when selecting the correct brush for the job!
Natural Bristle Paint Brushes
Can you use a synthetic polyester or nylon brush with these paints? Absolutely. But what happens is paint slides off the bristles forcing you to repeatedly reload your brush reducing the quality of the finish. In addition, the bristles can be stiff or slick and lead to excessive drag marks, brushstrokes and patchiness.
The soft flexibility of natural bristle brushes smoothly apply a thin, even layer of paint minimising streaks and working to distribute paint evenly. This prevents the "lines" you can get with synthetic brushes.
Coverage and finish is massively improved when using these brushes with most clay, chalk and milk-based paints.
*Natural bristle brushes tend to shed with the first couple of uses, however, quality brushes stop shedding after the second or third use.
Miss Mustard Seed Paint Brushes
are made with natural bristles, purpose-designed for the application of Milk Paint
as well as Chalk Paint and have the
added bonus of being designed
smaller and lighter for womens' hands!
They are high-quality brushes that will last a lifetime when cared for properly.
A very good all purpose MMS Small Paint Brush starts at only $16.
This is also an excellent brush for
applying MMS Hemp Oil.
A cleverly designed, quality
Dual Paint & Wax Brush
is also available for $52.
ChalkPro is an affordable
brand of natural bristle brushes
popular in the US for years and
now available in our online shop.
A small brush starts at $13.
An additional round shape, is also
available for $21 and is
ideal for spindles and turned legs.
Also available in our
online shop are
Dual Paint & Wax Brushes
in small and medium sizes
for $34 and $44.
Fusion Paint Brushes
Surely I can use a natural bristle brush with Fusion, right?!
Wellllllll, not exactly...
Fusion is a high-quality acrylic paint and you tend to get poor coverage and a streaky finish when using a natural bristle brush. There is something about Fusion's satiny-smooth, built-in wax finish that doesn't work optimally with natural bristle paint brushes.
These are inexpensive lightweight brushes with tightly-packed bristles that glide along surfaces leaving a smooth, nearly brushstroke-free finish. An absolute staple for Fusion lovers!
As a bonus, they are cleverly sized to fit directly into the sample pot and the full size pot of Fusion Mineral Paint for only $8 and $12 respectively!
*Both brushes fit perfectly into the 250ml Fusion Metallic Paint as well.
Cling On Paint Brushes
Cling On Paint Brushes recently entered the Australian market and have exploded onto the upcycling, DIY and furniture painting scene. And it's no wonder!
Handmade in Holland they are the Rolls Royce of paint brushes without the price tag to match. The bonus? They work brilliantly with any water-based paint including Chalk Paint, Milk Paint AND Fusion Mineral Paint!
It's the very best of painting worlds where you do not have to remember which brush is for which paint and there is no need to swap and switch.
Granted, avid painters will benefit from (and take pride in) a collection of brushes for various finishes, but for those starting out and not wanting to invest in multiple brushes for different projects and paints, Cling Ons are the way to go.
The same is true for those who prefer a less hand-painted look as the Cling On brushes greatly reduce brushstrokes. The coverage is exceptional with these brushes and they are virtually self-cleaning.
Get all the details in our follow up post next week on Cling On Brushes.
We recommend a natural soap to gently clean and condition such as Fusion's Linseed Brush Soap or Miss Mustard Seed's Brush Soap. Together with our handy Brush Scrubber, you will have your paint and wax brushes for life!
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