Sore hand after painting with a brush-prevention/therapy ideas?

randitaJuly 6, 2008

I've been doing a lot of brush painting in the past few months preparing our house for sale and I'm finding that my brush hand gets sore. I notice the soreness most in the top center of my palm. It doesn't stop me from painting, but I don't want to develop some kind of repetitive stress injury or arthritis.

I'm using 2-3" brushes and they are lightweight and I don't load them with a lot of paint because I'm doing mainly doors, trim and edging.

Could I be holding the paintbrush too tightly or doing something else wrong? I know people paint professionally all day long so the little I'm doing here and there can't compare to that.

Any suggestions for holding the paintbrush to avoid the soreness or even therapeutic ideas?


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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

Sounds like an injury lawsuit potential. :)

I took this picture a few years ago just for you.


Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 9:06PM
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Thank you for the helpful picture! I often use a 2" brush just because the handles are so thick on the 3" brushes, and I fear hand fatigue, like randita. But I don't hold it as shown in your picture. Hmmm, could be the problem.

Closing on a new house on Friday with painting to commence the next day. Look forward to trying this tip.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 10:37PM
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Thanks for the photo Michael. This will help me out too!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 11:02AM
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Thanks, Michael. I tried that grip today and instantly my hand felt more relaxed. That did the trick.

BTW, do you have any tips for painting cold air returns? I like to paint them with the same paint I'm using for the walls, but man, is it tedious to paint all those little veins.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 5:37PM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

There is an aerosol jar (Preval) that will spray the latex paint you are using. That is what I always used for those grilles when the customer wanted the color to match the wall.


    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 10:23PM
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