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Old 08-19-2010, 10:05 PM   #21
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And to think I was almost sold on those Zebra brushes, You really can't believe to many things you hear on the internet now, what up with that?
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:05 AM   #22
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I've used Zebra brushes when they first came out. They were good for about two jobs before the bristles just started falling out. I'd be cutting in and a bristle would slide out while I was painting a line. Not only are they *not* the best brushes ever, I'd say they're the worst. I've had better luck with the generic 3-for$8 brushes you get at the bargain bin at Home Depot. Just stick with Purdy.
Must be that China QC, I've used a 2" Zibra brush on the last 3 jobs and it still looks and feels like new. Maybe they've made some improvements over their earlier brushes!? I'll play rough on the next job and see if I can tear it up a little bit.
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I'm hooked on these Zachary brushes. They aren't expensive, some guy out of Richmond,BC imports them. One of those things that I've been using for years and know what the brush is going to do. Sort of like your Putter in the golf bag, screw getting a fancy, expensive putter just get to know one and trust it.

The BM store was out of Zachary the other week so I bought an Infinity....don't like it at all...waste of $26.

Maybe I'll try that Wooster (firm)....I like all other systems by Wooster so far.
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I love the Purdy 3 inch angled Pro extra glide even though when I first get them it seems they have a bit too much bounce in the bristles . I keep at least 4 or 5 of them on hand and slowly work them into my brush rotation , I'll use brand new ones for things like cutting in ceilings and things and get them a little dirty and comfortable feeling before I cut serious lines with them !


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Nour tradition 2 1/2 inches. I think these are Canadian made, you get them at Cloverdale Paint...

Less than $8 each and they work well for the XR4TI Crew!
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need I say more? Back in Nam we used these. Its the only brush those commie unionist bastards had there. notice the red/orange color, as in commie red...
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Wow, I kept hearing good reviews for the Wooster Alpha. I went on Wooster's site to check it out and realized I have one and HATE it. Feels to springy and thick and doesn't come to a nice point. Maybe I just got a defect, but for walls I'll stick with the Benjamin Moore Extra Firm 647.



I stumbled on the Corona Excalibur a few years ago and LOVE it for trim:
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purdy pro extra glide, yes! used the zibra as well, was'nt bad
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Wow, I kept hearing good reviews for the Wooster Alpha. I went on Wooster's site to check it out and realized I have one and HATE it. Feels to springy and thick and doesn't come to a nice point. Maybe I just got a defect, but for walls I'll stick with the Benjamin Moore Extra Firm 647.
haha... I know exactly what you are talking about between BM and the Alpha. I was using the regular version of your brush before I first used an Alpha and it was different and took a bit getting used to the Alpha. I addressed the tip (point) issue with Wooster and I hope to see that changed on both the Alpha and the Silver Tip. Like you, I too got spoiled with that ultra sharp point on those benjamin moore brushes. Comes in handy.
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need I say more? Back in Nam we used these. Its the only brush those commie unionist bastards had there. notice the red/orange color, as in commie red...
had to laugh when I read your post. I always say working with other contractors... I learned this lil trick back in nam.
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haha... I know exactly what you are talking about between BM and the Alpha. I was using the regular version of your brush before I first used an Alpha and it was different and took a bit getting used to the Alpha. I addressed the tip (point) issue with Wooster and I hope to see that changed on both the Alpha and the Silver Tip. Like you, I too got spoiled with that ultra sharp point on those benjamin moore brushes. Comes in handy.
I haven't tried the silver tip, is it any better than the aplha?
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I haven't tried the silver tip, is it any better than the aplha?
Well, I'm not in a position to answer that question directly mainly because I'm not sure yet. I will say I use both but I moved to the Silver Tip for the 2 1/2" angular and I rotate between the Alpha 4234 W 3" flat brush and the Alpha 4235 S 3" semi-oval depending on how many thousands of feet I need to cut and the variety of cutting. No question I can move paint with the 3" flat on ceilings but I tend to move the semi-oval better on trim, casings and baseboard - freehand of course but the difference in speed is minimal.
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I used to like the Corona Excaliburs, but have switched to cortez for walls and Vegas for trim. 2.5" sash either way. I did not like the Alpha at all. Looked good in the store, but does not lay down to a nice point or a straight line down the side of the brush. The silvertip pay become my new throw away (and possibly more brush) since it is cheaper than the cheap nylon plastic yellow handle wooster. For the $$, Silvertip sure seems nice. I think I will stock the exterior trailer with these for shutters and front doors. That way when MoorGlo leaves too much tint and alkyd in the brush it is not so bad to toss it.
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I used to like the Corona Excaliburs, but have switched to cortez for walls and Vegas for trim. 2.5" sash either way. I did not like the Alpha at all. Looked good in the store, but does not lay down to a nice point or a straight line down the side of the brush. The silvertip pay become my new throw away (and possibly more brush) since it is cheaper than the cheap nylon plastic yellow handle wooster. For the $$, Silvertip sure seems nice. I think I will stock the exterior trailer with these for shutters and front doors. That way when MoorGlo leaves too much tint and alkyd in the brush it is not so bad to toss it.
You couldn't get the filaments to align with the Alpha? I'm surprised because it does that so good. I thought I had a video posted but guess not so I just uploaded one. This is the 2.5" angular. Here is cutting in 1 foot per second. Actually what I thought was cool about the Alpha was that both sides of the cut were equally sharp. You can see it in the video next to the tape measure.

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J515fYsjBN8[/YOUTUBE]
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I found them to have the worst edge for cutting in of any brush I have tried. And I had high hopes for that brush.
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I found them to have the worst edge for cutting in of any brush I have tried. And I had high hopes for that brush.
Now still curious... more questions... take a glance at my video again, notice the angle in which i hold the brush. Its clearly bent (like a j) and the handle is facing out to the right rather than inline.

Do you cut inline typically? Trying to visualize your style of cut. I should make those video on a loop and or do them in slow mo
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need I say more? Back in Nam we used these. Its the only brush those commie unionist bastards had there. notice the red/orange color, as in commie red...

Real commie unionist brush handles are pinko from Homo Despot.
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Now still curious... more questions... take a glance at my video again, notice the angle in which i hold the brush. Its clearly bent (like a j) and the handle is facing out to the right rather than inline.

Do you cut inline typically? Trying to visualize your style of cut. I should make those video on a loop and or do them in slow mo

I really like your choice of cut buckets. Where do you get those? They look like really high production items. It even looks like they sit at an angle so the painters don't waste any extra motion having to dip into the buckets a long ways.

Does that cutting technique work on walls too? I guess I was trained all wrong. We found that flaring the tip of even a 6" wall brush left a smaller hatband profile than a loaded brush in a J shape. I wonder too, how well that technique works when cutting window sash.

I like videos for training but am sometimes reminded of watching some of Ron Popiel repeating "Isn't that amazing" every fifteen seconds, followed by the 1-800 number 6-7 times.
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Supply house gave me a Corona 3" Pro (China Bristle) brush. Paid $24.00. This brush is the biggest piece of S%$T i have ever used. Or maybe I'm a retard (No offense to the handicapped) Was this brush the right match? This brush shed so much it filled up my cloth. (2 of them) It was on my finish coat. The first time i use it shed (Not so Bad) 2 and 3rd time was ok. 4th time a complete disaster.

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