Maintenance & Touch Up Brushes Natural Bristle
Brush quality can vary greatly. A good quality brush should be springy, not stiff, when pressed against the palm. Individual bristles are split at the ends to hold more paint and should be of varying lengths. Taken as a whole, the bristles should form a tapered or chiseled point at the end of the brush. If you hold the brush so you see the side at eye level with the handle pointing down and the bristles aiming up you will be looking at the working edge of the paintbrush. It should be tapering down on both sides. A low quality brush, on the other hand, comes to a blunt end. The bristles will lack the tapering of a high quality brush and it may not have properly split ends that allow a good quality brush to carry more paint and deliver it to the surface better. After all you would not like the job you get if you paint your door, for example, with a whisk broom, but some cheap utility brushes are closer to that than properly designed painting tools.