Loew-Cornell 245B Paintbrush Set, 25-Count

Last updated date: August 31, 2020

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Loew-Cornell 245B Paintbrush Set, 25-Count

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This set of brushes includes nylon, bristle, sponge and camel hair in an assortment of sizes. You'll get 25 brushes per set. The brushes are built with wooden handles in multiple colors, making it a perfect set for beginners. In our analysis of 11 expert reviews, the Loew-Cornell Loew-Cornell 245B Paintbrush Set, 25-Count placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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From The Manufacturer

These brushes will work with most media and they are great for fine art and craft work. All feature wood handles. Nylon, bristle, sponge and camel hair brushes in assorted sizes. Perfect for beginners, students and professional artists alike. Includes 25 brushes per pack. Includes 3/4 golden nylon wash; #2 and #10 shader; #0 and #3 round; #4 and #6 white nylon shader; #0 liner; #3 round; 3/8-inch angled shader; #2, #4 and #8 camel hair round; 1/8-inch and 1/2-inch wash; #5 and #6 sable round; #2, #4 and #6 bristle flat; #3 round; #1 and #2 chip brush and two 1-inch foam brushes.

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An Overview On Paintbrushes

Paintbrushes come in two main types. If you’re repainting the walls in your home, you’ll need one type of brush, while artists require a different type of brush altogether. Whatever your goal is, you’ll need to look at the bristles and the handle, both of which not only impact your own comfort while you work but also the quality of the finished products.

The type of bristles is important. Brushes can have natural or synthetic bristles, but often they combine both. There’s also a silver area directly connected to the bristles. This is called a ferrule. The ferrule is held to the handle by something called a crimp, and the handle is typically either made from wood or acrylic.

With artistic paintbrushes, you’ll find there are a variety of shapes for the bristles. These paintbrushes can have a round, pointed, flat, oval-shaped or angular tip. By investing in a full set, you’ll be covered for a wide range of projects. For painting walls, you’ll need a much wider paintbrush, but you should also purchase one with a smaller bristle area for handling trim and baseboards.

DWYM Fun Fact

The earliest paintbrushes were made with animal hair, a practice that continues today. In fact, bristles got their name because they originally came from the hair of hogs, pigs, and boars — all of which are rougher than other types of animal hair.

Metal entered the picture during the Industrial Age, allowing manufacturers to introduce ferrules into the picture. Ferrules strengthen the hold the handle had on the bristles, keeping them from falling out. The best brushes, once found only in Western Europe, gradually migrated east. After the Russian Revolution, though, Chinese brushes grew in popularity due to the easy access to pigs for bristles.

The Paintbrush Buying Guide

  • The type of paint you’ll be using will determine the brush you need. Natural brushes work best with oil-based paints, while synthetic brushes do well with acrylic- or latex-based paints.
  • One issue, whether you’re painting the wall or a canvas, is bristles that detach from the ferrules and end up on the surface of whatever you’re painting. Look for one that’s clamped well to prevent that.
  • If you’re buying a set of artistic paintbrushes, you’ll need a case to keep them in.
  • The comfort of the handle is important, as well. If you’ll be working with it for a while, you’ll want a paintbrush that reduces fatigue. Wood handles are best for that, but you can also find some that are designed with ergonomics in mind.
  • Paintbrushes endure exposure to moisture, both from the paint and the water you use to clean them. Look for one with rust-resistant ferrules to increase longevity.
  • How you clean your paintbrushes depends on the type of paint you used. If you’re working with water-based paints, use a mixture of warm water and mild soaps. For oil-based paints, you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for creating a cleaning solvent. Dip the brush in the solvent, then dry by spinning on a dry cloth and rinse. Never soak paintbrushes in water, solvent or cleanser, as this can damage the bristles.
  • If you plan to paint regularly, a paintbrush comb can be the most effective way to keep your bristles from “fingering.” Fingering happens when the bristles harden and clump together due to residue being left on them.