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Basic Information: Smaller Sized Brushes

August 6, 2010


If you ever noticed that smaller sized brushes wear out and get frizzy faster, you are right.  There are less bristles in a size 1, size 2 or size 3 brush; so the smaller size means heavier use and more friction on the bristles of small brushes.  You can do two things to make smaller sized brushes last longer.

The first item is the most important.  When using a small, fine brush, be sure to only make your brushstrokes in one direction.  If you use any scrubbing or back-and-forth movements, the brush frazzles rapidly.  People that paint miniatures or hobby models learn to keep the brush strokes all in one direction for this reason.  With a paint brush, you want to pull the paint with the brush, not push it.  Just like your other brushes, clean smaller brushes thoroughly and then carefully reshape the bristles so the brush dries in its proper shape.

The second item is a trick I use to get by on making my tiny brushes have a longer shelf life.  I take an X-actor knife or razor blade and carefully cut off any frazzled brush hairs sticking out at odd angles around the exterior of the brush.  I only do this if the brush is staring down the long tunnel, seeing a bright light at the end, recognizing long lost relatives; if the brush is getting closer to being useless than not, I risk giving it this haircut.  I get the frazzled hairs on the outside edge of the cutting blade, carefully lower the blade down to the ferrule and slice the shaggy hairs off.   This will refurbish my brush, removing the frazzled hairs so they cannot make erratic drag marks in the paint as they stick out; done correctly, you should only have bristles that conform to the proper shape of the brush.


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