It’s important to combine a good quality paint with a premium roller sleeve or paint brush. This will mean fewer paint coats and will save you time and money in the long run. Invest in good products and they will give you better results, as the key to a good decorating project is often the preparation and planning.
Before you start painting, work the bristles with your fingers or against a wall to remove dust and any loose bristle. A good quality paint brush will keep hold of its bristles so less ends up on your wall! To guarantee no bristle loss, pick a brush from the Harris No-Loss range.
The easiest way to paint a room is to work from the top down. Start with the ceilings then paint the walls and then finally the woodwork. Your project will look more professional if you complete each section in one go. A half-finished wall or ceiling will leave a drying mark, which will remain visible even when painted over.
Quality levels in both types of filaments can vary hugely and therefore levels of finish can differ depending on what type of brushes you purchase.
Synthetic filaments do not absorb much water and can be made to create a very finely-tipped paint brush. This makes them ideal for use with water-based paints such as emulsion or modern water-based undercoats or gloss paint. These paints dry quickly making it difficult to avoid brush marks in the finish when using a natural bristle brush.
Natural bristle brushes perform well with oil-based products.
A number of modern paint brushes have a mix so that you get good coverage with all types of paint. As a general rule, use natural bristle for oil-based paints and synthetic brushes for water-based paints.
Short pile rollers perform best on flat surfaces such as plastered walls where they will provide a smooth and even finish.
Medium piles should be used with slightly uneven or textured surfaces.
Long pile rollers are suitable for use with heavily textured or exterior surfaces.
Sheepskin rollers have an extra long pile and will provide superb finishes on extra rough surfaces.
First things first, you need to think about the task in hand. Interior or exterior? Ceiling or wall? Only once these key decisions have been made should you consider which tools to use. Fortunately, help is at hand. Visit our choosing the right product page and we’ll guide you every step of the way.
When it comes to cleaning your brushes and rollers, it’s best to act fast. Rather than leave them to dry out, act early and not only will they be easier to clean but you will lengthen the lifespan of your brushes and rollers. Check out our equipment care page for everything you need to know about keeping your equipment in tip-top condition.
There’s no definitive answer to this question as all ceilings and walls will dry out at different speeds depending on how warm your house is. With a normally central heated house we would advise waiting 4 weeks. However if it is a fully plastered wall, i.e. two or three coats of plaster, you should probably wait 2 months before attempting to repaint it. If you’re in any doubt, ask your plasterer who will be more able to accurately advise based on the temperature of your house and how much plaster has been used.
Here’s a rough guide, but most of our packaging does have advice on the job or task for the size of the brush.
4″ – 6″ are wide brushes for painting over large, flat surfaces like walls and ceilings.
2″ – 3″ brushes are a good size for painting all types of flat surfaces, such as a small section of a wall and wood work like doors and skirting boards. These size brushes can also be used for more accurate work such as door edges and wall and ceiling edges.
1″ – 1.5″ are smaller headed brushes which are good for ‘cutting in’, which is painting close to the edges of walls and ceilings and around light switches – also mouldings and door frames.
0.5” brushes have a narrow head with angled bristles for painting near to edges and into corners. Ideal for painting window frames.
The number of coats required depends on the make of paint you buy and what you are painting over. Follow the guidelines on the tin. Some darker colours and patterns will need up to three coats of emulsion to cover. Always leave the paint to dry thoroughly between coats.