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To paint like a professional, you need all the right tools. Along with these handy tips, arm yourself with the Spirit range of paintbrushes from Selleys®

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Brushes are one of the most popular ways to apply paint. In order to provide a smooth, even finish, they should have a good quality bristle, be comfortable to hold and easy to clean.

Selleys® Spirit range of paintbrushes deliver this and more. On the following pages, the team from Selleys answer questions about painting and the types of brushes to achieve first-rate results.

What type of paint brush will give me the best finish? Synthetic brushes, such as the Spirit range, are recommended for water and oil-based paints. They are also guaranteed against bristle loss. A quality brush should feel solid and substantial. A Spirit brush feels thick and full, and because it holds more paint, it will cover more surface. For maximum comfort while painting, the weight between the handle and the metal band has been evenly distributed.

You should also consider different filament lengths when choosing a brush. In a Spirit brush, filaments of different lengths ensure the paint is carried in both the tip and the middle of the brush. These tapered filaments release paint gradually for an even, smooth finish, while feathered tips provide a soft painting edge to eliminate brush marks.

What is the difference between an edger brush and a flat brush? A Spirit edger brush has diagonal bristles that are designed for detailed cutting-in and painting narrow surfaces, such as decorative mouldings and window trim. For larger and flatter surfaces, such as walls and door frames, Spirit flat brushes are recommended.

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What is the best way to paint a room? When painting an entire room, always work on the ceiling first so that any splattered paint can be cleaned up easily or painted over. Start by painting the edge of ceilings with a Spirit 50mm brush to create an accurate border between the ceiling and wall.

How should I paint around woodwork? Try protecting the edges with painting tape and using a Spirit edger brush, paint around the edges of doors, windows and baseboards.

How do I prevent the paint in the bucket from drying out? If you are planning to continue work the next day, keep the paint and the brush in the bucket and cover with a lid or cellophane wrap. The next day, run the brush over a newspaper a few times and it should be ready to use.

For more details, contact Selleys, 495 Rosebank Rd, Avondale, Auckland, phone (09) 820 4850, fax (09) 820 4851. Website:www.selleys.com.au . Email: selleys.customer.service@orica.com.

First published date: 22 September 2003

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