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Glossary - Brushes

Some commonly used terms associated with paint brushes.

Bristle
 
  • Natural Bristle - Natural Chinese wild boar bristles.
  • Nylon Filaments - A man made synthetic mono-filament.
  • Polyester Filaments - A man made synthetic mono-filament.
     
    Level & Tapered Filaments
     
  • Level filaments are any filaments that have the same diameter from one end to the other.

  • Tapered filaments are any filaments that have a larger diameter at one end and tapers to a smaller diameter on the other.
     
    Flagging
     
  • The split ends at the tip of the filament. Synthetic filaments possess a man made flag, bristles a natural flag.
     
    Tipping
     
  • The pointing of synthetic filaments.
     
    Ferrule
     
  • The metal band that the bristles are set into. Tin, Nickel or Brass are the common coatings.
     
    Length Out - Trim
     
  • The length of the bristles measured from the edge of the ferrule to the tip of the bristles.
     
    Trim
     
  • Flat trim -The top edge of the brush is cut into a flat or square edge.
  • Chisel trim -The top edge of the brush is cut into a dome shape.
     
    Set
     
  • The gluing of the fill material and the ferrule together with an epoxy resin.
     
    Handles
     
  • Handles are made of either Wood, Plastic or Foam, and come in a variety of shapes. Shown below are a few of the most common styles.
     
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