Paint Brush Sizes Guide Inches for Wood Finishes

Paint Brush Sizes Chart

Paint Brush Sizes Chart Inches Woodworking Uses
Nothing completes a wood piece better than a neatly applied finish. And more times than not, that wood finish is applied with a paint brush. To ensure that you purchase the correct size brush, view our paint brush sizes chart for woodworkers. While you don’t need to follow our chart exactly, it’s good to review before finishing your next project.

Paint Brush Styles for DIY Work

For home improvement projects, there are two main styles of paint brushes. The more common style, flat sash, has straight bristles that taper together into a flat line all at the same height. The other style, angled sash, has straight bristles that taper together at an angle forming a diagonal line. Angled sash paint brushes are mostly available in the smaller widths as they are primarily used for cutting-in & edging along trim and corner seams. On the other hand, flat sash paint brushes are generally available in all sizes, which is why they are more common overall.

Flat Sash
Paint Brush

Flat Sash Paint Brush

Angled Sash
Paint Brush

Angled Sash Paint Brush

Choosing a Paint Brush Size

When picking a paint brush for your project, the most important factor to consider is the surface area you’ll need to cover. For instance, something like a table top or door needs to be finished with a wide brush. Otherwise, the painter will add unnecessary hours to their project, especially if they need to apply multiple coats. At the same time, woodworkers also need to consider the width of the each individual piece they are finishing. For example, there’s a lot of surface area to cover when completing a set of stair balusters, but the narrow boards are best finished with a smaller brush. Thus, size restrictions will also limit which options are available for a given project.

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