you plan on painting models with a brush, whether it's the
whole model, or just for fine detail work, there's a few
things you may want to know about paint brushes before you
First, lets mention the size of a brush. Many times folks
are looking for a very fine brush with a fine tip, and think
of a size, such as: 000.
is considered the thinest brush size. It goes up, such as
sizes - 00, 0, 1, 2,3,4,5, etc. The higher the number is,
the wider the brush.
Sounds easy right? Not really.
The problem is, brush sizes are not standardized. One brands
00 brush might be the same width as another brands #1. A
brush company can name a brush any size they want to.
All you can do is keep this in mind, and if you buy a brush,
and you like the size and width, you may want to purchase
the same brush in the future.
Now, you also need to know that there are TWO basic kinds
Synthetic, and Natural
Synthetic brushes are just that, a synthetic material. They
tend to cost less than Natural brushes, so they are more
common. While they work fine for general use, after a while
the ends will get splintered and frayed. Meaning, the brush
is not good for fine detail work after a time, and it's
difficult to get the end of the brush to form a point. They
need to be replaced more often.
Natural brushes are made from animal hair. They are less
likely to fray, and are better able to make a fine point
at the end. They also last longer (when cleaned properly).
They do cost more than Synthetic brushes, but it's a question
of how you want your paint work to look. Some of the best
modelers in the world (i.e. contest winners) usually use
a Natural brush.
(The hairs can be from several animals, such as hogs, squirrel
,ox , or even goats. Sable is probably the best well known,
and considered the ultimate choice).
of the brushes I use personally tend to be Synthetic. Only
because I'm not out to win any contests for painting and
I build for myself. I do replace them when they fray, and
in some ways, that just gives me an excuse to buy more new
brushes (which is a good thing - woohoo!). Luckily Synthetic
brushes are less costly, so you can buy quite a few at a
time. Eventually all paint brushed will tend to wear out,
so it's a modelers choice on which way to go.
if you choose the cheapest garbage brushes you can find,
your paint work might reflect that. Even if it's more of
the brushes fault than your own. So choose wisely. Use the
brush that gives you the most confidence in your work, and
gives you the quality you want others to see.
doesn't matter what kind of model you build. Cars,
Planes, Ships, figures.
You will normally have fine details you'll want to
are paint brushes to help you get that detail you're