Wooster Brush Company
The Wooster Brush Company was founded in 1851 and is now one of the nation's leading manufacturers of both professional and DIY painting products. They offer a wide range of high quality painting products including, paintbrushes, paint rollers, roller frames, extension poles, buckets and trays, and surface prep tools.
Choosing an Applicator
Choosing a Paintbrush
The two most important things to consider when choosing the appropriate paintbrush for the job is, the type of surface you're painting and the type of paint you'll be using.
Most jobs will require at least two brushes, a smaller one for detailed areas and/or trim work, and a large one for covering surfaces quickly.
Use the largest brush suitable for the surface. While you will need small brushes for narrow surfaces, larger brushes carry more paint, so there's less dipping to refill and fewer strokes to cover the surface. By choosing the largest brush suitable for the job you can reduce required effort.
When determining which paintbrush to use, their are generally two categories of paint, water-based and oil-based.
- Water-based coatings: latex, acrylic, waterborne
With water based products, you should use a synthetic brush (nylon/polyester). Nylon/polyester brushes are extremely durable, so they are ideal for painting rough surfaces and maintain their stiffness in humid painting conditions, they are also the easiest to clean. You should not use a natural bristle brush with water-based coatings, because like our hair, natural bristle absorbs water so the brush would become floppy like a mop and won't paint very well.
- Wooster Ultra/Pro
- Wooster Golden Glo
- Oil-based coatings: alkyd, oil, solvent-borne
For oil-based coatings it is best to use a natural bristle brush, these brushes offer unique properties that are difficult to replicate synthetically. They are available in many different lengths and thicknesses to produce a brush that holds a lot of paint. Natural bristle brushes also offer the softest tips, resulting in a smooth finish. While natural bristles offer the best finish there are some instances where they would NOT be the ideal choice.
You would not want to use natural bristle brushes with water-based paints, as they would absorb the water and become floppy (and therefore not paint very well), also since natural bristles will wear out quickly on rough surfaces you would not want to use them when painting a large rough surface.
- Wooster Yachtsman
- Wooster Amber Fong
Choosing a Roller
As with choosing a paintbrush, you should consider the same two things when choosing a roller cover, the surface you are painting, along with the type of paint you will be using. When it comes to roller covers, paint is divided into 2 categories, the first category is coatings with little to no gloss, including all flat or satin paints, stains, and sealers. The second category is everything else, all velvet, eggshell, semigloss, and gloss paints, enamels, urethane's, primers, and adhesives. All of the coatings in the second category have some shine to them, or they are sticky and may pull lint from a roller cover. The easiest way to choose the roller cover, is by checking the package and match it to the type of paint you will be using.
If you are going to be using a semigloss, or an eggshell you will need a shed-resistant roller cover, labeled "For All Paints".
If you are using a flat paint, choose a roller labeled "For Flat Paints"
- Wooster Pro/Doo-Z
- Wooster Super Doo-Z
The second factor when choosing a roller cover is the surface being painted. Ideally, "the smoother the surface, the shorter the nap", the "nap" or "pile" refers to the length of fabric that sticks up from the backing. For typically smooth walls (like a bathroom wall), you would choose a roller cover with a 3/16-inch or 3/8-inch nap. For walls with a light decorative texture (like the hallway between your bathroom and bedroom), a 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch roller would be best.
1/8" to 3/16" Nap for 'Smooth Surfaces'
Untextured plaster, smooth wood, wallboard, drywall, metal.
3/8" to 1/2" Nap for 'Medium Surfaces'
Sand finishes, lightly textured plaster or wood, paneling, acoustical tile.
3/4" to 1-1/2" Nap for 'Rough Surfaces'
Brick, concrete, stucco, textured ceilings and walls, Spanish plaster, cement block, corrugated metal, rough wood.
Cleanup of Brushes and Rollers
Cleaning for Water-Based Coatings
Wash the brush (or roller) with warm water and detergent. Use a detergent that contains petroleum distillates because they do a better job "dissolving" paint than hand or dish soap. (But really any soap is better than none). Finish cleaning by rinsing with fresh water until the applicator is clean. If the applicator will not come clean, try rinsing with mineral spirits or paint thinner and then following up with warm water, detergent and rinsing to remove all of the thinner.
Cleaning for Oil-Based Coatings
If you used an oil-based coating, wash the applicator with the recommended solvent on the paint can label, or use mineral spirits. Continue to rinse with solvent until the applicator is clean and then finish with a final washing in detergent and warm water to remove all of the solvent.
However, if you are using a natural bristle brush do not give it the final washing - water makes bristle brushes flare and lose their shape.
After you have finished cleaning your brush or roller, spin or shake the water out of the applicator and then squeeze dry with a cloth. Stand roller covers on end to dry completely, and do not put them back into their plastic until they are Completely dry. Hang brushes until they are almost dry, and then wrap them in their original packages or tin foil to help restore brush shape, prevent flaring, and to protect the brush from damage.