Best Paint Brush for Gloss - UK Advice & Tips

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the best paint brush for gloss painting. 

To get a good coat of gloss you will need a thin bristled brush for the best results. Nylon brushes typically have fairly thick bristles and tend to leave streak marks behind.

You are much better with a natural or fine fibre brush to get the best finish.

Just below we have listed what we believe to be the best choices for good quality paint brushes that will leave an excellent finish minus the dreaded brush strokes.

Harris 101021005 Woodwork Gloss Essentials 5 Pack

92% based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

This is the biggest seller online and these brushes are designed to paint with gloss

The Essentials gloss paint brush set contains all the paint brushes you need for painting interior woodwork such as skirting boards and doors, in one handy set

The different paint brush sizes means you can choose the right paint brush for the area you are painting.

This set has 1 x 0.5", 1 x 1", 1 x 1.5", 2 x 2" Paint Brushes

Harris are well known for their patented No-Loss* technology so absolutely no bristle loss while you are painting

Nicholas Jack Paint Brush Set for Gloss

90% based on 500+ online buyer reviews

This is a 3 piece gloss paint set that is another big seller from Nicholas Jack

Its a pack of 3 gloss paint brushes for all fine  finishing jobs

Sizes included 1 x 0.5 Inch / 12mm, 1 x 1 Inch / 25 mm and 1 x 2" / 50mm

The paint brushes have synthetic bristles which are sealed in place to cut out bristle loss.

This means while painting you get the perfect finish and are not removing bristles from your freshly painted surface.

Coral 5 Piece SetPaint Brushes with No Loss of Bristle  

92% based on 5,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a 5 piece gloss paint set that is another massive seller from Coral

Its a pack of 5 gloss paint brushes for all fine finishing jobs

Sizes included 1x 0.5" (12mm) Paint brush; 1x 1" (25mm) Paint brush; 1x 1.5" (38mm) Paint brush; 2x 2" (50mm) Paint brush

The paint brushes have synthetic bristles which are sealed in place to cut out bristle loss.

This means while painting you get the perfect finish and are not removing bristles from your freshly painted surface.

Bizwizz 5pc Professional Paint Brushes

82% based on 3,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a 5 piece gloss paint set that is another great seller from the Bizwizz range. It's still not as cheap as the Harris but it's pretty close

Its a pack of 5 gloss paint brushes for all fine finishing jobs

Sizes included 0.5"(12mm),1"(25mm),1.5"(38mm),2"(50mm),2.5"(63mm)

There is very little loss of bristles with these brushes and the will do an excellent job for you

Harris 103021008 1" Ultimate Woodwork Gloss Paint Brush

92% based on 500+ online buyer reviews

If you just need a single brush for a small job then look no further than this Harris 1" brush

Obviously you can get a set of 5 for a couple of pounds more but you may not need that

This brush just doesn't lose bristles as they have a patented No-Loss* technology so absolutely no bristle loss while you are painting

Its also nice and fine and is perfect for any gloss job that you might have to do


Our Gloss Painting Tips 

The key to any good painting job is preparation. We have already written a useful article on how to prepare a room for painting, which is certainly worth a read. In this section though we are going to offer our tips just about painting with gloss.

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on the best way to use gloss paint. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the tricks of the trade.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see something in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining the pitfalls and best techniques for a great finish

Painting with Gloss

The main reason we use gloss paint is to give our woodwork, such as doors, cupboards and skirting boards some type of shine, also referred to as a sheen. Gloss paint also offers a higher level of protection especially when it comes to cleaning the surface.

Most people will understand that a white door that has been painted with gloss paint is much easier to clean, than a wall that has been painted with an emulsion type of paint.

Different Types of Gloss Paint

It is worth knowing that there are several different types of gloss paint. These will all deliver slightly different finishes. The finish that you want will always come down to your own personal preference.

Just below we have explained what types of gloss are available and have also made suggestions as to where each type of gloss paint should be used.

Just be aware that different manufacturers may call these by slightly different names.

Velvet/Flat Paint

These will show a low sheen when looked at head on, and also have a slightly higher gloss finish when viewed from a slightly different angle. It is a soft sheen appearance.

These are best used in any area where there is high traffic or footfall

  • Family room
  • Living room
  • Dining room

Eggshell

These have a slightly higher gloss appearance than a flat gloss paint. They feel warmer and give a slightly deeper look to the surface. Eggshell gloss paint is better at resisting stains than the flat style we have explained above.

  • Family room
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Bedroom
  • Kid's room
  • Hallways
  • Ceilings

Low Sheen

These are pretty similar to eggshell, but have a slightly higher sheen, and are one of the most popular paint choices for someone that prefers a warmer feel to their gloss finishes.

They are a nice balance between getting some shine to the gloss and also being practical to being cleaned easily.

  • Dining room
  • Kid's room
  • Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Hallways
  • Doors and windows
  • Shutters
  • Moulding

Semi-Gloss

These deliver around a 40-50% gloss shine but are not that reflective. They are very good at combating stains and extremely easy to clean. Again, these are a popular choice for many home owners.

  • Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Doors and windows
  • Shutters
  • Moulding

Gloss

These have a reflective appearance and they deliver what is best termed a highly contemporary look. This is a tough gloss paint, which is excellent at reducing stains, is very easy to clean and is mainly used anywhere there may be fingerprints.

  • Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Doors and windows
  • Shutters
  • Moulding

High Gloss

These have the highest reflective appearance and also offer the highest level of protection. These will mainly be used on doors and cabinets that are exposed to dirt and oil from the skin such as doors and kitchen cupboards.

  • Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Doors and windows
  • Shutters
  • Moulding

We hope this has helped you with your choice of brush but if you are still not sure, don't forget out number one rated model is the Harris 101021005 Woodwork Gloss Essentials 5 Pack.

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