Different brushes are needed for different types of surfaces. As well as offering its own brush line, Fusion offers a large selection of Staalmeester brushes, which provide premium quality, professional-level applicators that can last a lifetime. The following tips will tell you how to choose the right Fusion paint brush for your project. Download a pdf on Brush Care to print and keep for yourself.
Types of Paint Brush Bristles
Brushes for painting are usually made from synthetic or natural bristles.
Brushes with synthetic bristles are perfect for allowing paint to smoothly slide off and apply. Depending on your application, synthetic bristles can range from thick to ultrafine. These are perfect for our Fusion Mineral paint!
Animal hair is used in the manufacture of natural bristles, which enable a brush to hold more paint. We recommend them for applying SFO stains, milk paint, waxes, Gel Stains. As a side note, nature bristles can hold on to moisture, making them ideal for painting with water-based paints like Fusion. The coarse texture is ideal for applying paint with a heavy body when you want to achieve texture.
A special blend of both natural and synthetic bristles is also found within the Staalmeester® product line, achieving the benefits of both. Download Staalmeester’s guide on how to choose a brush.
In most cases, the type of brush you should use depends on the type of project you are working on. A flat brush or an angled brush is great for beginners since they can cut into edges and cover large, flat surfaces. Because of the feathered edge of our flat and angled brushes, you see fewer brush strokes and the bristles touch the surface less. Stains and varnish can also be applied with flat brushes.
There is no better brush for multi-purpose use than the round one. With the right technique, they can cover flat areas as well as detailed areas. You can choose from round and oval brushes that are great all-purpose brushes.
A few of the specialty brushes include our wall brush, which is a large, flat brush ideal for manually painting walls (especially if you’re looking to add some texture!) or applying gel stain over large surface areas, such as a dining table top. With our pointed sash brush, you can paint inside edges and corners with ease.
Taking Care of Your Brush
We want to help make sure your Staalmeester® brushes last a lifetime for you and your customers. In the beginning you may find a few loose bristles, but by swirling them around in your hand you can remove them easily.
Fusion’s Brush Cleaner is recommended to remove last bits of paint and condition the bristles even if FusionTM rinses out with water. You can use the Brush Cleaner on any type of brush hair. The product is also ideal for cleaning hands, floors, and work surfaces. This non-toxic, natural linseed oil soap is made with 100% natural ingredients. Rinse your hands or tools with water after lathering them with the soap.
If possible, avoid drying brushes with the bristles facing upwards. Bristles can be damaged by water soaking into the brush. Your brush should be hung on a hook using the hole in the handle.
Is there a brush that you prefer? Staalmeester is a fantastic brand. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!
What is the reason for using natural bristle brush for fusion gel stain over a synthetic brush?
Mostly because the gel stain is thicker and such a different consistency it’s easier to clean the natural bristle brush.