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A Little Bit About Your Staalmeester® Brush

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Staalmeester® has been manufacturing brushes for over 70 years. The synthetic blend bristles can be used with of all types of paint; however, we are particularly happy with the way it performs with Fusion® Mineral Paint and Fusion® Milk Paint.

This unique bristle blend has a short natural china bristle blended with a longer silky synthetic bristle. The natural bristle ensures better paint absorption while the synthetic bristle component allows for a smooth, even application, having minimal to no brush strokes.

This top-quality brush has a traditional beechwood handle and a coppered ferrule, (pretty gorgeous isn’t it?). The deeply set bristles make these brushes ideal for painting small projects, complicated moldings, banisters, window frames, ledges, doors and, of course, furniture. Aside from the flat, the Staalmeester® synthetic blend bristles have a band of string that is to be kept intact in order to give the bristles direction and perfect tension.

Depending on your painting techniques you can achieve a smooth flawless finish or a unique heavy-textured appearance.

See the below for helpful information on how to use your brush, clean your brush and some of our favorite tips. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Application Icon APPLICATION

When starting off with a new or dry brush submerge into water to the ferrule briefly just to dampen the bristles. Give the bristles including the string a squeeze so that the brush is barely damp.

Dip your brush into the paint only halfway up the bristles, otherwise it is too much paint on the brush, and clean-up will be more work.

Should you notice any brush strokes, you have too much paint on your brush.

You don’t want to see paint dripping off your brush, you want enough that when you go to apply the brush, it doesn’t drag across, but slides nicely across without minimal effort.

Cleaning Icon CLEANING

Once finished painting, submerge the paint-soaked bristles of your brush into water and rinse for a minute. It is incredible how much paint has been absorbed by the paintbrush so allow it to sit in water up to the edge of the paint line or at the most up to the ferrule (metal part holding the bristles). If needed, you can leave it for a couple of hours if you wish, but it is not recommended to leave in water past the ferrule for extended periods. Allow at least 30 minutes to sit, so the paint ends up falling off the bristles into the water saving you a lot of time rinsing. Rinse and change the water. If it is not clear, then repeat this process.

Use the Brush Soap to clean the bristles of the brush and work it down all the way into the ferrule. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm to cool water until no trace of paint or suds are left. The area near the ferrule is hard to clean but it’s just as important for maintaining a brush shape as the tip!

Allow the brush to dry further at room temperature or dry it by using a cloth, then restore the bristle to its original shape. For another option, hang the brush to dry by using the hole in the handle.

Using the brush soap in only a tiny amount for every other brush cleaning is a nice way to condition the natural bristles and to remove paint from the synthetic bristles. If there is still paint remaining within the paintbrush and it is allowed to dry, then your bristles will become quite stiff as the paint acts like a glue. That’s why it is crucial all paint is removed from your brush before you allow it to dry.

Tips Icons TIPS

Do not allow your brush to sit idle as the paint will dry onto the bristles. Keep a damp washcloth handy to wrap your brush should you need to stop painting for any reason, this will prevent the paint from drying on the brush. If waiting between coats, wrap in plastic wrap and put in your freezer for a few hours. Give your brush some extra love with Fusion’s Brush Soap for cleaning.

These brushes are not designed to be disposable as they are up to the task of being used for many years.

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