08th Sep 2016

If you have ever tried painting a stair balustrade, spindles on a chair back or even just an elaborately moulded skirting, you’ll know just how tricky it can be! Thankfully there is an answer.  It’s the round headed brush – sometimes called the sash brush – and one or two of these are definitely a worthwhile investment.

Originally known as sash brushes because the long slim head and handle could reach into awkward areas i.e. in-between window sashes, the point of the sash brush today is that its head shape is ideal for edging, cutting in and painting profiles.

The reasons are as follows.  Firstly a sash brush does not splay, like a standard paint or varnish brush, on profiles such as spindles, pipes, frames and tops of skirting boards.  When painting profiled surfaces this ensures an even coat whereas a standard brush tends to leave a variable thickness of paint film around the profile. In other words the sash brush gets the job right first time.

When edging, the brush should be spun during the paint stroke to maximise the use of the paint. This delivers longer strokes and better loading of paint.  The best method is to use the round headed or sash brush in conjunction with a standard brush to make the overall job quicker, easier and more effective.  It may be a cliché but two brushes are often better than one!

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