The Right Way to Handle a Paintbrush

When it comes to using a paintbrush, a little knowledge goes a long way. These straightforward recommendations can save you time and money while assisting you in achieving professional outcomes.

Because painting seems to be a relatively simple activity, homeowners usually choose to do it themselves to save money. However, if you are unfamiliar with a few fundamental tactics, the whole process may devolve into a huge, irritating mess. Because the adage “you can work hard or you can work smart” is especially relevant when it comes to painting, we’re going to provide some expert tips and strategies for properly using a paintbrush.

Begin small

You may believe that a larger paintbrush would save you time, and you are correct in principle, but a smaller paintbrush will provide you with far more control. Begin with a 112-inch angled paintbrush until you’ve mastered the methods, then go to a larger size if desired.

Choose quality

When it comes to paintbrush buying, you’ll find a broad variety of rates. While it’s tempting to get a cheap paintbrush since you can’t notice the difference in the shop, believe us when we say that you get what you pay for. Purchase the most expensive paintbrush you can afford; you will not be disappointed. Additionally, before you begin painting with your new paintbrush, ensure that it is well prepared.

Choke up on the paint brush

In baseball, “choking up” on the bat simply refers to bringing your hands closer to the point at which the bat makes contact with the ball, increasing accuracy. Similarly, you will have better control over your paintbrush if you move your hand as near to the bristles as possible without really touching them. Your hand will be more accurate if it is closer to the action.

When cutting in to create a clean, straight line, softly press the paintbrush down into the surface a little distance away from the desired edge, then work your way over to the line. The pressure will assist your hand in remaining stable and evenly distributing the paint. Assure that the paintbrush has enough paint on it to push a very little bead of paint down the line. Click here to read about The right way to preserve a paintbrush and other painting tips.

Avoid using a whole can of paint

—Pour three-quarters of the can into your roller tray before painting a room. Utilize the remaining paint in the container to cut in the walls to the ceiling. This will prevent you from plunging the paintbrush too deeply into the paint and smearing it all over your hands and the brush’s stock. There is no need to paint from a full can for small jobs; instead, consider a paint-assistant tool, which doubles as a convenient carrying handle for one- and two-quart containers and also doubles as a magnetized paintbrush holder and paint-can opener; putty knife, paintbrush, and roller cleaner; and belt hook.

Avoid wiping the paint off the paint brush

Most individuals immediately wipe the paintbrush on the can’s side after dipping it in the paint. Avoid succumbing to temptation! While you do not want your brush to be dripping with paint, you also do not want to wipe it clean of the majority of it. Rather than cleaning the paintbrush, gently slap it on the interior of the container several times, as if ringing a bell.

Breathe continuously during the stroke—While this may sound silly at first, a stable hand needs oxygen—it’s physiological truth. When many individuals have a natural propensity to hold their breath while focusing, this may really work against you. Anyone who is proficient in billiards, darts, archery, or any other activity that demands a steady hand will tell you that breathing is critical.

Avoid clogging it

To ensure that your paintbrush performs best, you must maintain it clean of excess paint. The easiest technique to prevent muck buildup is to utilize the paint brush’s first inch or two.

If you follow these suggestions and practices regularly, your painting abilities will improve and your whole experience, as well as the outcomes, will be far more satisfying. Check out about The Best Way to Get Rid of Muck on a Pond’s Bottom

Adding paint to the paint brush

There is an appropriate method for loading paint into a paintbrush. You may use paint directly from the tin or ‘decant’ it into a painting bucket. If you’re painting with a brush rather than a roller, there are two methods to transport paint while painting: –

  • Paint Can Handle: A Canclaw may be used. This hooks onto the tin and serves as a convenient handle for transporting the paint tin.
  • Paint Pail: If you wish to decant the paint into a paint pail, most paint dealers have a few essential goods. Some even have disposable liners – really convenient.

How to load a paint brush correctly

To prevent the paintbrush from being overloaded with paint and leaking, dip it just halfway into the paint and tap both sides of the brush on the edge of the paint tin or pail. This results in the paint being loaded onto the inside of the brush. Scrape the paint from the brush by running it over the tin or pail’s edge. This only takes the paint off the brush, rendering it inefficient.


The best method for huge flat wall sections is to use a roller and tray. For “cutting in,” a paintbrush is used.    

This is the section where you paint the corners of walls and ceilings, as well as the area surrounding baseboards and door/window trim. Typically, a paintbrush is used to cut in since it provides maximum control.

  • If you are right-handed, cut through the wall at the ceiling corners from left to right. If you are left-handed, do the inverse. This way, you can see how smoothly the paint is flowing.
  • When cutting in, push the brush against the wall with just enough pressure to bend the bristles.
  • If the cut-in corner is painted in two different colours – such as a wall or ceiling – the lighter colour paint should reach slightly into the darker colour region. After that, the deeper colour paint would be cut-in and painted over the lighter colour.

Brush-painting bigger flat surfaces

This is often accomplished using a roller and tray, but if a wider area must be painted with a paintbrush, a different approach for applying and dispersing the paint is necessary.

  • Hold the paint brush at a 45-degree angle and use diagonal strokes to paint the area. Again, apply just enough pressure on the bristles against the wall to flex them. The paint will most likely be applied a bit thickly here.
  • Then, using horizontal strokes, spread the paint evenly throughout the wide surface.
  • Straightening out
  • After applying the paint, the following step is to smooth it out. This section requires dexterity, so take your time.
  • Lightly drag the paint brush over the surface in long smooth strokes to level out the painted surface. The goal here is to remove paint brush strokes that go in random directions. Always work the paint brush into the wet paint with a circular motion.
  • Lift the paint brush from the surface at the conclusion of each brush stroke. This lifting movement contributes to the feathering of the paint and the creation of a smoother surface.

Posted by Samantha Butlin