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When choosing your brush to work with you must think before you paint! If you are painting something that requires a lot of detailed work than you won't want to paint with a fan paintbrush because those types of brushes are for working with a larger surface. Instead you will want to choose a brush that is made for detailed work, such as a round brush. It also works the other way, if you are painting a large surface and you want to cover it quickly, you certainly wouldn't use a brush made for detailing. Instead you would choose a brush that allows you to paint larger surfaces in a quick amount of time, such as a flat brush.