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Building 101: Different Brush Sizes

Know your brushes before doing that paint job


When do you use a paint roller? What’s a 4” brush? The answers and where to use each courtesy of today’s building feature.

Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article (“Brush Up") in the RL Notebook of the February 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Familiarize yourself with these basic brushes:

1. Paint Roller

For painting wide, flat surfaces such as walls and ceilings. Painting with roller brushes consumes less time, and helps achieve a more even and smoother application. 

2. Angled Brush

For painting corners and trimmings. The angled end will let you cut into trims for a complete coating.

3. ¾” Brush

For painting detailed surfaces like mouldings and carvings, and hard-to-reach areas like corners of cabinets and furniture. This brush is small enough to use for hand painted, artistic detailing. 

4. 1 1/2” to 2” Brush

Also for painting corners and trimmings. Great for daubing and stenciling.

5. 4” Brush

For painting wide areas such as walls and baseboards. This is the most ubiquitous (even tiny neighborhood hardware shops have it) and most affordable brush you can get.

RL Tip: 

To clean your paintbrushes, soak in water for a few hours if you used water-based paints. If you used oil-based paints, soak in thinner for at least 24 hours. – Ace Paints

Bonus Tip

When painting around electrical sockets or mouldings, protect them with Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape, available at hardware stores.


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