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Offline galaxG

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2013, 02:16:39 PM »
I found an answer to the perfect paint brush, or in a sense, the perfect paint brush accessories.

Anyone who has ever painted can relate the pain of holding a paint brush.  galaxG tools' ErgoMaster Pro Anti-Fatigue Paint Brush Handle will change the experience of painting from one of pain to one of comfort.

The ErgoMaster Pro from galaxG tools of Portland Oregon was awarded “Retailers' Choice Awards- Most Innovative New Product” by the North American Retail Hardware Association on May 8th, at the 2013 National Hardware Show® in Las Vegas.

The ErgoMaster Pro holds any size or brand of paint brush and can adjust to fit any hand size.  The handle was designed to mimic the natural resting position of the hand, which gives it the utmost in comfort.  The innovative design places 100% of the weight on top of the hand, rather than in it, allowing the user’s fingers to relax and simply guide.  No longer will those who paint have to suffer from cramping and pain in the fingers and wrist.

These innovative new painting products can be found at galaxg.com, and can be liked on FaceBook as galaxG tools!



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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2013, 10:49:20 PM »
Thank you Michael that will definitely help a lot. And I agree with you a good paint brush is very necessary to get better results in any painting project.

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2014, 02:07:24 PM »
Thanks!

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2014, 03:10:16 PM »
Its always nice to have useful information on discussion boards which is very helpful even to others.

Offline Rickaroonie

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2014, 06:49:28 AM »
There's not enough time in a day to stress enough on how important a good brush is. Most diy'ers will buy crap simply because they don't know what a good brush is. And it's only $1.29! Not sure if I can put links here but I have a few video's on Youtube. Is it ok to post links?
If you can't afford to do it right the first time, how can you afford to do it twice? :)

Offline mymint87

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2014, 09:19:54 PM »
There's not enough time in a day to stress enough on how important a good brush is. Most diy'ers will buy crap simply because they don't know what a good brush is. And it's only $1.29! Not sure if I can put links here but I have a few video's on Youtube. Is it ok to post links?
i dont mind, id love to see em.....i wait until brushes go on sale at the various paint stores in my area, right now frazee is being taken over by sherwin williams so all there line of brushes went on sale at 55% off....i say good brushes?....NO, more like the proper brush for the particular task....a good brush NEVER makes a good paint job
I don't do this for a hobby and I'm damn sure I don't need the practice

Offline shanzy

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2014, 08:44:59 AM »
If you want to know the importance of a good paint brush, purchase a bad and inappropriate paintbrush and use it, results will indicate that how important a good paintbrush is for better paint..........
good luck

Offline The Painterman

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2014, 06:22:09 PM »
My go to brush is a good old fashioned American made Purdy XL Glide. Natural wood handle. You can paint an entire house inside and out with one of those and it will still look like you just pulled it out of the cover for the first time. They will run you about $18 bucks for a 3" in my neck of the woods but it is worth every penny. Unlike cheap brushes I have never had a hair come loose during painting or found one that was deformed in the store and I have used Purdy brushes for all types of paints and stains day in and day out for years.

My current daily use interior brush for walls and trim is well over 4 years old and Purdy's actually get better with age as they break in a little as the the hairs become softer and the points more fine. Try and only dip them 1/2 way to 3/4 of the way tops up the hairs, wash fairly regularly with just warm water throughout the day and a brush comb ($4) when using latex and always put them back in their covers at the end of the job to keep their shapes and they will last for a very, very long time.

They hold and apply paint in a way that beats any other brush I have ever tried. Light and comfy to hold in your hand and work with too. 

Offline The Painterman

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2014, 07:12:51 PM »
I found an answer to the perfect paint brush, or in a sense, the perfect paint brush accessories.

Anyone who has ever painted can relate the pain of holding a paint brush.  galaxG tools' ErgoMaster Pro Anti-Fatigue Paint Brush Handle will change the experience of painting from one of pain to one of comfort.

The ErgoMaster Pro from galaxG tools of Portland Oregon was awarded “Retailers' Choice Awards- Most Innovative New Product” by the North American Retail Hardware Association on May 8th, at the 2013 National Hardware Show® in Las Vegas.

The ErgoMaster Pro holds any size or brand of paint brush and can adjust to fit any hand size.  The handle was designed to mimic the natural resting position of the hand, which gives it the utmost in comfort.  The innovative design places 100% of the weight on top of the hand, rather than in it, allowing the user’s fingers to relax and simply guide.  No longer will those who paint have to suffer from cramping and pain in the fingers and wrist.

These innovative new painting products can be found at galaxg.com, and can be liked on FaceBook as galaxG tools!

As someone who holds a paint brush for much of the day here are my initial thoughts.

1) The physics behind it make sense however it would seem that the added weight of the handle may INCREASE fatigue and not lessen it.
2) Seeing as I use a 1 gallon paint can as a cut can I would have to remove the handle which each dip seeing as I never fill my cut cans past about 1/3 full. Bit of a time waster there. Also if working on a ladder having to remove and reattached the handle with each dip using two hands would not only be dangerous but one could easily drop it.
3) I have tried various gimmicky painting tools over the years and none have worked better than good old fashioned, classic paint tools.
4) The handle clearly looks like a male specific appendage. Sorry but there it is I said it.
5) $25 bucks is more than I paid for my brush and I use the best brush you can buy.

Offline RichardParker

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2014, 12:52:50 AM »
Fantastic information. Most of my brushes have outlived their lives and its time I bought some new.  it's been ages since  I last painted, and finding it difficult to find time.  :'(
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Offline A New Leaf Painting

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2014, 08:26:38 PM »
Quality doesn't cost you money, it saves you money! A good quality brush is always going to pay you well! Good thread.

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2015, 01:31:17 AM »
I you want to give a eye-catching looks to your home, you need good paint. But the one think that matters in good painting is paintbrush. Because without good paintbrush you are not able to paint your home in better way... :)

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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2015, 12:44:43 AM »
Don't be afraid to pay $20 for a good paint brush. It will make painting SOOOO much easier, produce a nicer finish that minimizes brush lines, makes cutting sharp lines against a ceiling or around trim a lot easier, and if you clean it out properly after each use it will last a long time.

I only use cheap brushes when I have no intention of cleaning the brush when I am done. Like when using a shellac based primer that requires methyl hydrate to clean the brush. Throwing away a $2 brush is cheaper than cleaning it.


Excatly I always invest 30 bucks into a quality brush and take care of them as best as possible...
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Re: How to Evaluate a Paintbrush
« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2016, 01:51:34 PM »
Investing in a decent brush definitely saves in long run. I try my best not to worried about forking out because it does pay back.