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Old 05-09-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Purdies have slowly worked their way up to become the synthetic market leaders over here..for a while there were no other brushes like them..this is mainly because our trim paints here are still95% oil based..so, no need for synthetics..however things are slowly changing and a lot of guys use purdies in oil and swear by them..

Everyone here seems to be under the impression that they are 'the' American brush..like many years ago when ICI introduced Glidden as beingg the big thing from across the pond...we all thought 'if its good enough for you guys its good enough for us'...but it turned out to be..whats the word?..shi...er...no, ok...junk!...

A few re-formulating and re-branding later they have more or less got it right...

Anyway...the brushes...Purdies?...Woosters? (virtually unheard of here) or what?...we have two types of purdies here..the pro extra..and the Monarch Elite the latter being a bit stiffer..

Our main brands here are Hamilton and Harris...but i doubt if you have heard of them...
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Our main brands here are Hamilton and Harris...but i doubt if you have heard of them...
I have a 3" Perfection -S Hamilton.
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Now that has surprised me Sean...I normally find you guys dont need anything from us over here..

Are Hamiltons widely available?

I take it your refering to the new synthetic perfection series of brush?..they have not long been out over here...The UK technical rep is coming to my college to give a talk to our trainees this Thursday...I told him the other day the new synthetic perfections are ok...but could have been packed out a little more..

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I have a 3" Perfection -S Hamilton.
Where'd you get hold of that, Sean?

Cockney Geezer: You need to get hold of a few Woosters.
Try Trade1st dot co (you know the rest. UK) for some Wooster brushes. I got a few from there.

Only my thoughts, but Woosters are better than any Purdy by a long shot!!!
All my Purdy's are nigh on Dodo's now apart from the Elites (blues) for oils (when I actually use oils).

Trim paint 95% still oil
I know quite a lot using w/b nowadays
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Where'd you get hold of that, Sean?

Cockney Geezer: You need to get hold of a few Woosters.
Try Trade1st dot co (you know the rest. UK) for some Wooster brushes. I got a few from there.

Only my thoughts, but Woosters are better than any Purdy by a long shot!!!
All my Purdy's are nigh on Dodo's now apart from the Elites (blues) for oils (when I actually use oils).

Trim paint 95% still oil
I know quite a lot using w/b nowadays
Down here its still refered to as 'that water based' ...not very popular...but I have bene using water based gloss for years..IMO the best one out there for sheen is now Johnstones, now that Dulux have dropped aquatec...the rest are all much of a muchness..but seem to cover better than the Johnstones..

The Woosters do feel like a good brush although i have never used one in anger..theres another brand...'Legend'..from New Zealand I think...absolute quality...but the most expensive brushes I have ever seen!
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Now that has surprised me Sean...I normally find you guys dont need anything from us over here..

Are Hamiltons widely available?

I take it your refering to the new synthetic perfection series of brush?..they have not long been out over here...The UK technical rep is coming to my college to give a talk to our trainees this Thursday...I told him the other day the new synthetic perfections are ok...but could have been packed out a little more..
No, not state side that I know of. I suckered some guy into a brush swap so I could see what you guys have going on across that pond. Sent him a Corona chinex brush he hates. Probably wishing he had his Hamilton back at this point.
Yep one of those synthetic. I also have a Hamilton black bristle oil brush but have never used it. I am keeping it in pristine condition so it will raise in value.
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I have a Corona Chinex too from somewhere close to here. I must say after continuous use I have grown to like it a lot.

I have since aquired a 3'' Corona and they are the bizzo

Cockney Geez, try Crown w/b gloss. I found it to a shine that is pretty good.
Give it a bash.
Not too impressed with Jono's w/b gloss tho' JMO
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Don't know why, but Purdy's seem to be getting harder to find. Still they are my #1 favorite - particularly the 3" (75mm) nylon Pro-Extra Glide. The brush has both longer bristles and better flagged ends. A brush that is too short doesn't perform well - doesn't hold enough paint and without proper flagged ends you won't get into those hard to get at places nor be able to create a great edge. Its also has the right stiffness - some are too floppy which is a big problem. Overall, its the best I've ever tried and I hope they keep making it.
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Corona and Wooster are the two main brush lines that I sell the most of. I used to carry Purdy, then Sherwin bought them, the quality seemed to be going down, and shortly after, they stuck them in all the box stores. So I dropped the line completely.
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I am a big fan of those corona chinex brushes now too.
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I am a big fan of those corona chinex brushes now too.
I like them for exteriors during the summer, they dont seem to go "floppy" in hot weather.....they're also excellent while using some of the new "modified acrylic" paints, they hybrid types that still use an alkyd resin.
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Corona "Bronson" 3" oval champagne bristle...or my chin...
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Corona "Bronson" 3" oval champagne bristle...or my chin...
....I wasnt going to mention that lol...nice one mate..
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I love the Purdy Peacock for wall cutting and the pro glide for trim. I keep at least 4 Peacocks on every job I do. I would love to swap brushes.
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Corona Vegas, (nylon) for a smooth, easy, gorgeous cutline.
Corona Excalibur (chinex) for exteriors
Corona Cortez, for all purpose general awesome brush that performs and cleans up beautifully and lasts forever
Corona Chicago Loop for Oil

Purdy Pro Classic, (if i have to) for 2nd cut line cuz you can get a really sharp line, but be careful because it's streaky and can really show brush lines....fan it out. (purdy used to be my faves, but they have gone down in quality in the last 5-6 years or so considerably)

guess, a corona 2.5 inch, Vegas is my brush of choice if i were stuck on an island and had to paint my way home with 1 brush.

Woosters are nice. they last, and clean up very well, but for me they don't hold enough paint and slow me down.

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I order a lot of brushes from Handover in London. Specialty stuff.
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a corona 2.5 inch, Vegas is my brush of choice if i were stuck on an island and had to paint my way home with 1 brush.
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Spray rig for that kind of job.
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I used a Purdy Sprig last night in oil based...far too thin for my liking..no 'guts' in it..

Roadog...we use Handovers quite a lot..they have brushes and painting equipment that is all but exstinct anywhere else in the uk..

Is the quality of purdies actually going downhill or have other manufacturers raised their game?...it certainly seems like the synthetic market is improving here..
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The fact that SW picked up Purdy tells me they were cheap with huge mark up potential, heck HD carries them too.
Quality on everything has gone down..check out a Hostess cherry pie circa. 1980, compared to one made now. Higher price,half the pie.
I remember when the SW tag on the back of ****ie whites was an embroidered patch, now it's a p.o.s. paper tag...

man I sound old.and.grumpy...I need my 3 p.m. nap.
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