Choking up your grip on the brush gives better control for detail work.

Holding the handle near the end works for laying on a lot of paint.

Synthetic bristles are often shaved down to a sharp point and flagged like a split end.

Brushes with square-cornered ferrules are narrow and don't hold as much paint as those with rounded corners, making them good to use on small surfaces.

Ferrules with round corners allow the brush to hold a good amount of paint when the job calls for both cutting lines and spreading paint quickly.

A brush with a large oval-shaped ferrule holds the most paint and is useful for painting large areas that might require some cutting but don't require any precision cuts.

Angled brushes work well on edge ...

... and work well to cut wall paints into trim.

When bristle marks are undesirable, a straight brush is the best choice.

When a brush is dipped in paint, one-half to two-thirds of the bristle length should be wet. Tapping the brush against the side of the can rids it of excessive paint.

A Handy Pail has disposable liners and a magnet that keeps a brush suspended in paint when it's not being used.

An inexpensive brush comb straightens a brush's bristles after cleaning.

Store brushes in their cases to preserve their shape and keep them clean.

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