How to paint with foam brushes

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How to paint with foam brushes
Foam brushes can be more precise than bristle brushes. (paint brush 2 image by jimcox40 from

Foam brushes make controlling where the paint goes easier than normal bristle brushes. Foam brushes also eliminate a lot of the brushstroke look that appears when a corner or piece of moulding is painted. There is no one set method on how to use a foam brush, however there is one sure-fire method for all applications. Foam brushes are relatively inexpensive and are designed to be thrown away after one use. It is also possible to reuse them if necessary.

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  1. 1

    Pour or mix your paint into a cup. Cups can be held in one hand while you touch up a surface. Sometimes while using a paint roller you may encounter a space too small to reach and you may also dip your foam brush into this space.

  2. 2

    Dip the tip of the foam brush into the paint. You should only go up to the end of the triangular tip.

  3. 3

    Twist the brush as you lift it from the paint. This will collect all excess paint on the brush.

  4. 4

    Stroke your surface gently with the brush. Practice a stroke-lift-stroke-lift style. Stroke in one direction. If you stroke too hard, you make a deep groove in your paint surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Foam brushes can be purchased in multi-packs to save money. If you are going to only use a brush with more than 20 minutes of downtime in between, you should throw out your old brush and use another; foam brushes don't function as well once the paint has begun to dry.
  • If a foam brush is beginning to tear at the junction between the wood handle and the brush, it is time to replace your brush.
  • You can soak your foam brushes in water after use if you wish to use them again. This will rinse the paint out.
  • Foam brushes are less effective for painting large surfaces.
  • A foam brush sopping in paint will drip if you attempt to spot-paint.

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