are fine paint brushes to add the detail you want to your
From car models to figures, getting small details done right
requires patience and and good paint brushes.
your brushes clean is essential. Acrylic paints can be cleaned
off a brush with water. If you use a lacquer, enamel or oil based
model paint, you need something stronger.
prefer to use a brush cleaner chemical. I keep a small amount
handy in a sealed jar on my workbench, and clean my brushes with
that. I buy a pint or quart can and fill the jar about halfway,
and change it when needed. One can goes a long way, depending
on how often you change what's in the jar.
modelers use model paint thinner, some use mineral spirits, but
I've found that the brush cleaner works best for me personally.
you choose a new paint brush:
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 buy them.
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
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 of brushes:
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, ponies,
camel, squirrel ,ox , or even goats. Sable (a
mammal species that lives in Russia) is probably the best
well known, and considered the ultimate choice. Though some sable
labeled brushes might actually come from a Siberian Weasel).
- just to keep it interesting, some paint brush manufacturers
MIX both synthetic and natural bristles on the same brush.
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.
modelers prefer synthetic brushes since they are more compatible
with enamel and acrylic paints (animal hair paints are more for
oil painting and such).
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 paint.
are great paint brushes to help you get that detail you're looking