Glossary

Fibre brushes

Fibre brushes

The bristles are usually made of natural vegetable fibres but can also be a mix of natural and artificial fibres.

Fibre brushes often referred to as masonry brushes, are a specific type of paintbrush that is designed to be used with materials and on surfaces an ordinary bristle brush might not be appropriate for.

Fibre brushes are generally large (4 to 6 inches) brushes with long, firm-textured bristle. The bristles are usually made of natural vegetable fibres but can also be a mix of natural and artificial fibres.

A fibre brush is the ideal choice when applying textured masonry paints to external brickwork or render.

A pure fibre brush is also the best choice for applying lime/whitewash because the natural fibres do not soften as ordinary bristles do.

A good quality fibre brush can be expensive but is vital for any project that involves painting rough external surfaces. Due to the nature of the materials, a fibre brush is used for, if they are not properly cleaned they can become easily damaged.

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