How to Choose Your Brush / Roller

What size of brush should I use?
Size (mm)Job Description
12-25For small jobs and touch-up work such as toys, chairs and timber trims
38Suitable for furniture, small panels, window frames, trellis, molding, shutters and downpipes
50For small to medium size work such as doors, screens, table tops, railings and cabinets
63A handy size for outdoor furniture, cupboards, gutters, and doors
75For medium to large areas such as fence posts and rails, floor boards, steps, skirting and fascias
100For all large areas such as walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, fences

You'll probably need two type of brushes for every project
SMALL - for trims, detailed areas and narrow surface.
LARGE - for covering surfaces quickly and to avoid much dipping.

Always prioritize comfort and one that will "fit" your surface perfectly.


TIPS for better painting

BRUSHES
TWO things that you need to do before starting on the paint job:
  1. Clean the surface you will be painting
    • Clean surface thoroughly and smoothen with sand paper to ensure a better finish.
  2. Clean the brush that you will be using
    • To remove dust and loose bristle, flick the brush bristle back and forth before use.
    • Then wash with soap water or recommended solvent. and rinse thoroughly before starting on the work.

When painting:
  1. Dip brush halfway into the paint.
  2. To prevent dripping, tap the brush lightly inside the can or bucket.
  3. Always paint in long, smooth strokes to produce a better finish.
  4. Overlap each section slightly.
  5. Brush from unpainted areas so that all the sections blend invisibly together.
  6. To prevent brush marks, finish each strokes with a light, lifting motion toward the last wet edge.

More Tips:
  • Avoid pressing too hard on the brush.
  • Paint should be applied with the tips of the brush, not the sides.
  • When painting walls, always start from the top.


PAINT ROLLERS
Always pre wash the roller before use to remove any dust or loose fibres. Rinse well and shake out any excess water.

When painting:
  1. Half – fill roller tray.
  2. Dip roller into paint until the cover is evenly coated.
  3. Roll- off excess on the upper part of the tray.
  4. Apply paint to surface using light strokes in a zig zag manner or to shape the letter "W"
  5. Finish each strokes by rolling it slightly in one direction

More Tips:
  • Avoid overloading the roller with paint or it will drip and slide - an uneven coat would be produced.

Cleaning Tips

For Paint Brush and Paint Rollers:
  1. Wash out tools in soap water (after used in water-based paint) or in recommended solvent (after used in oil-based paint)
  2. Rinse and dry off with a clean cloth
  3. Dry completely before storage,
    • For Roller Cover: let it stand vertically for drying
    • For Paint Brush : hang it by the handle for drying
  4. After drying, keep in given packaging when available
Caution: Do not soak the tools in water/ solvent for a prolonger period

The Don'ts The Do's
  • Never stir paint with a brush
  • Never leave a brush to harden
  • Never rest a brush in its bristle – curling will be caused
  • Do not cross use paint brush between acrylic and enamel paints
  • Always rinse in recommended solvent
  • Comb bristle straight while still damp
  • Store the brush out of direct sunlight
  • Use warm water when cleaning synthetic filament as hot water will soften the filament and make it out of shape