Designs For A Living Room
THE SELECTION AND CARE OF PAINT BRUSHES
“ A NEW broom sweeps clean” may be a true saying with LA regard to domestic brushes, but for good results in ^-painting a new brush should be avoided. Thousands of pounds are spent annually by amateur painters on brushes because when a painting job is to be done, invariably the brush used the last time is found to be hard and dry and unfit to use. A proper set of paint brushes is an investment that every householder should make, and if properly looked after will last almost a lifetime.
The different types of brushes and their respective uses will be explained in this chapter, as well as the points to note when buying brushes and the proper way to take care of them when not in use. Best brushes are undoubtedly the cheapest, as they will do better work and last longer than the cheaper qualities.
PAINT BRUSH SASH TOOL BRUSH
THE VARIOUS TYPES OF BRUSHES REQUIRED FOR HOME DECORATION.
THE SELECTION AND CARE OF JPAINT BRUSHES 49 The Bristles
The handle of a brush is known as the stock, and the bristles may be either animal hair, grass or fibre, which are fixed into the stock with pitch, rubber or glue compounds. Some brushes have stamped on the handle “Pure Bristle”, and this means that only the hair of the hog, pig or boar, is used in that brush. Except for special purposes bristle brushes are best and most durable.
How to test whether a Brush is Bristle or Fibre
To test whether a brush is made from bristle or fibre, pull out one hair, and burn it in the flame of a match; if this forms a hard, charred knob on the end of the hair it is bristle, but if it burns away quickly with a big flame and leaves a soft grey ash, it is grass or fibre.
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