What type of paintbrush is best for semi-gloss paint?

I’m repainting an interior door, and I’ve read that:

(a) oil-based paint s best with ox-hair or "chinese" bristle paintbrushes; and

(b) water-based paint is best used with nylon/polyester brush bristles.

What about indoor semi-gloss paint?

Hi Memphis Belle, I’m Ken with The Home Depot and have painted a lot over the years.
You’re correct on the brush types. However semi-gloss paint can be made with as an oil base or a water base.

Oil base is more durable, but has a strong odor, and takes longer to cure. Water base paint dries faster and you can purchase some new brands that are low odor or know as low VOC’s. Semi-gloss is nice as you can easily clean the surface. A plus is water based paints, clean up with soap & water.

So depending on which type of paint you choose oil or water base, determines the best brushes to use for the best finish. Remember good prep work is key to a great finish. Hope this helps.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=Semi-gloss+paint&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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2 Responses to “What type of paintbrush is best for semi-gloss paint?”

  1. Smokey da Bear says:

    If you are getting your paint from Home Depot, they sell many different brush price lines and on the cover for the brush will tell you what that brush is best for. I use their Purdy copper band brushes for all latex paint. Your semi is a latex paint and I will pass along advice I got years ago from a painter I had on my crew. Buy the brush based on how often you are going to use it, and spend the most you can to get a brush that will last a lifetime: or just buy a foam throwaway brush. I still have my brushes 25 years later, and take care of them like any other tool I use.
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  2. Foodieken says:

    Hi Memphis Belle, I’m Ken with The Home Depot and have painted a lot over the years.
    You’re correct on the brush types. However semi-gloss paint can be made with as an oil base or a water base.

    Oil base is more durable, but has a strong odor, and takes longer to cure. Water base paint dries faster and you can purchase some new brands that are low odor or know as low VOC’s. Semi-gloss is nice as you can easily clean the surface. A plus is water based paints, clean up with soap & water.

    So depending on which type of paint you choose oil or water base, determines the best brushes to use for the best finish. Remember good prep work is key to a great finish. Hope this helps.

    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=Semi-gloss+paint&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
    References :
    Home Depot/personal experience

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