Tips and Techniques / IT’S ALL ABOUT THE “HAYDN” BRUSHES


  • Always buy the best brushes you can afford. A good quality brush will offer more comfort while working long hours and give you a better overall paint result.
  • Choose a brush made by a brand recognised for quality such as Haydn Brush, they have 50 years of experience in making the best brushes for NZ’s painting industry and know what to look for in a brush.·Look for straight bristles that are firmly held in place.Choose a brush handle you feel comfortable holding in your hand for extended periods of time.
  • Better-quality brush manufacturers have bristles with flagged or split ends which allows the brush to hold more paint and spread it evenly.
  • Tipped ends are also a sign of superior quality as these brushes allow for greater control and more precise paint stroke

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Brushes come in all kinds of sizes and forms. Picking the right size will help you achieve a neater finish and picking this size largely depends on the surface you are planning to paint.

Sizes between 25- 63mm in width are considered small brushes and are suitable for detailed work in small spaces. They hold less paint than wider brushes which results in shorter strokes and better control.’

Brush Ranges are generally divided into four main categories small – Sizes between 25- 63mm in width are considered small brushes and are suitable for detailed work in small spaces. They hold less paint than wider brushes which results in shorter strokes and better control.

Large -Large brushes range from 75-100mm and can be used for all larger areas where rollers aren’t ideal such as rounded surfaces, fences, curves and weatherboards.

Angled – Angular brushes are great for cutting in and painting tight corners as well as doing trim work

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Angled – Angular brushes are great for cutting in and painting tight corners as well as doing trim work

Flat – Flat brushes are generally used in gentle brush strokes to redistribute paint in-between areas to complete a space with a uniform coat e.g. connecting angular brush areas to parts done using a larger brush. Flat brushes range from 88-100mm and will help you achieve that smooth all over the finish.  

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One of the biggest evolutionary changes to paintbrushes has been the filament types. Traditionally paintbrushes were made with either white or black hog bristle. Natural filaments have always been desired for superior paint pick up and retention, offering naturally flagged and tapered tips allowing for a smooth finish along with durability.

Over time with extensive research and development, there has been a demand and need for change due to increased costs of natural materials which have seen a drive towards the use of synthetic filaments. In many cases, when produced correctly, we have seen this development in synthetic filaments evolve to become as good as, if not better than, its natural hog bristle counterpart.

Technology has advanced and continues to do so in order to produce man-made filaments which now mimic and often outperform natural filaments.

The two main types of filament available on the market today are blended filament and synthetic filaments.

Use nylon/polyester bristle with oil-based, acrylic and water-based paints. These bristles are often also referred to as synthetic brushes. Synthetic brushes are long-lasting and very durable. They can hold more paint than natural bristle brushes and are great for use with oil-based, acrylic and water-based paints. Synthetic ranges also offer you a choice between soft and stiff bristles. Stiff bristles are ideal for cutting in and painting very straight lines. Softer bristles are great for larger paint jobs as they generally show fewer brush marks. This makes them perfect for glossy paints and clear finishes

Natural bristle is ideal for oil-based paints but not great for water-based paints as the bristle can absorb water away from the paint and become limp. Stiffer natural bristles are better for thicker paint coats. Natural bristle brushes can be more expensive than synthetic or blended brushes and are commonly from hog, badger or oxen bristle

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ndles come in a few different shapes and what you choose depends on the job you plan to undertake as well as your personal preference. Once you’ve chosen your Haydn paint brush and handle shape it is important to know how to grip it properly.

Our trim or cutter brushes have pencil handles (or sometimes called rat-tail) and as such should be held in the same style as a pencil, with the thumb and the first two fingers of the hand. Using this grip you will achieve excellent control that is so essential when carrying out intricate or detailed painting.

The most common style of handle found on Haydn paint brushes is the beaver tail. Beaver tail brushes can be wider and heavier, so they require a stronger grip. Hold the handle as you would a tennis racket, letting the handle span the width of your palm. You are best to use this style of grip when painting large, flat unbroken surfaces.

Short handles are great for small or narrow areas and tight paint spots where a longer brush would get in the way.

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  • ·Pre-use: Rinse brush in recommended cleaner then rinse out excess prior to painting.
  • Clean your paint brushes immediately after use or store your brush in a Brush Baggy during breaks to keep paint from drying out.
  • Don’t let a brush stand on its painting tip.
  • Do not soak brushes as this can damage or curl the bristlesDepending on the paint used different cleaning techniques will need to be followed.
  • For water-based paints: Dip paint brush into a container of warm soapy water and work through the bristle using your hands. Rinse regularly with clean water and repeat until fully cleaned. Remove excess water by spinning the brush and leave the brush to fully dry before placing it back in storage.
  • For oil-based paints or finishes: Choose the correct cleaning solvent (often turpentine will do the job) and pour it into a clean container. Dip the brush into the solvent and work through the bristle. Repeat this several times until the brush appears clean of all paint residue. Remove excess and leave to dry.