What is the best paint brush and paint roller for interior painting?

The Right Tools for your painting project - Purdy and Wooster brushes and rollers

Blog post by Lynn Morgan: Colorhouse Customer Service Guru and Color Nerd

Before coming to Colorhouse, I was a professional painting contractor for 10 years. Among the many things I learned along the way is how important having the right tools for the job really is. That piece alone can actually make the work easier, move the project along faster, and create a higher quality finish. And after committing the whole day (or weekend) to painting, being happy with the end result is kind of important, yes?

As the Customer Experience Guru at Colorhouse, I often get asked what brushes and roller covers we recommend for our latex paints. Of course, the answer varies depending on the surface that is being painted. Here is a list of some of my favorites and why.

The Right Roller Cover: Roller covers are made with a variety of fibers and thicknesses – also referred to as pile or nap. It’s important to choose the right nap for the texture of your walls to get the best finish. For smooth walls, we recommend a ½” nap roller cover. For walls with texture, we recommend ¾” nap. For ceilings, use a ¾” or 1” nap, depending on the texture. The heavier the texture, the longer the pile you want to use so you’re not struggling to get the paint to cover. The longer pile will pick up and release more paint to cover the texture easily. Inexpensive roller covers shed their fibers as you paint, leaving flecks of not-so-awesome schmutz on your walls. Stay away from the cheapest covers, and opt for a better or best quality one. You’ll be happy you did. I like lamb’s wool covers because they are highly washable, and keep their shape well, so you can re-use them multiple times. For a synthetic roller cover, Wooster makes a good one called SuperFab that is one of my personal favorites.

The Right Paint Brush: Trust me when I tell you that investing a little more in a quality paint brush is worth every penny- you will thank me later!

Since Colorhouse products are water-based, a brush made with a blend of polyester and nylon filaments works the best with our products. Look for one with flagged tips for better paint pick up and smoother application. If you’ve ever used a cheap brush and experienced the frustration of streaks and brushstrokes on your trim you know what I mean. A good brush makes it easier to get a smooth, uniform finish with less effort.

For walls: A 2 ½” angled sash brush works the best to cut in around the ceiling and trim. This size allows for a wide enough cut in so your roller won’t bump that freshly painted ceiling! Purdy makes my very favorite professional quality brush called the Clearcut Dale. In this brush, the filaments are somewhat stiff, making for easy application on walls and ceilings, and a crisp cut in line. Purdy brushes are so well made that they last for years if properly cared for. I like the thinner handle of the Dale, which is easier for my painter-girl hands to hold for hours on end. Plus, they are handcrafted in Oregon, which we love.

For Trim: A softer bristle brush for a smoother finish is the best choice. We recommend a 2” angled sash brush for standard-sized trim. Again, I recommend Purdy. The XL series leaves a beautiful finish with minimal brushstrokes. I like the Dale, with the thinner handle, but the Glide is also nice and holds a bit more paint, for fewer dips into the paint bucket.

At the end of the day, having the right tools makes for an easier painting experience. And easier means MORE FUN! Share your cool Colorhouse projects on Instagram by tagging us @colorhousepaint and using the hashtag #painthappy.

Questions about my recommendations? Email us!