Archive for February, 2011

Natural Bristle Brushes

Everyone always says “Bristle Brushes are the best!” It is 100% true… if you’re using oil/alkyd paint or lacquer. Most of the paint sold nowadays is water based simply because of environmental regulations (and is generally a technologically superior coating, in my opinion.) Natural bristle brushes, are generally made with hair snipped from chinese hogs, sometimes badgers, sometimes oxen. The porous nature of natural hair absorbs too much moisture to be used effectively with water based paints. What happens is that after a few strokes the bristles start to swell up and it becomes increasingly harder to get the paint to flow properly off the brush.This is why we always suggest you use man-made filaments for water base products.