Paint Brushes 101
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Paint Brushes 101. The
most predominant source of natural brush fibers is hog bristle or ox
hair (from inside the ox's ear). Tampico fibers and badger hair are
used to a lesser extent. Synthetic fibers, called filaments, are composed
of nylon and polyester. China is the leading exporter hog bristle, or
"China brushes," hence the name. Natural fiber brushes are best suited
for achieving extremely smooth, glass-like finishes. Use synthetic filaments
brushes for oil- and water-based paints. Excluding the myriad of artists
brushes, there is an extensive selection of brush types at your local
hardware store, including coarse and fine stucco brushes, ultra firm
synthetic for hot and humid weather, angled trim brushes, long reach
for ceilings, angled radiator brushes, sash, square-end, double-taper,
and even auto enamel brushes (who does that?). Class dismissed.