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Old 08-07-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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I somewhat expect to get flamed for even mentioning the name, but in the interest of my own self-preservation, I have to say: this is not an advertisement.

I was just curious if anyone here has used (or uses) these brushes? I searched the forum and have only seen a few (5?) mentions of them -- three were the same guy (satatori something-or-other) spamming them, Jack P. mentioned them briefly, and one other fella said that he has one and likes it but would never bring a "no name" brush to a job (not sure why, however -- I've never asked a tiler what brand nipper or saw he was using, etc.)

Nonetheless, they have a few shapes which I think are mostly gimmicky (square, triangle), but for a few bucks each, I picked up a couple. For a ~$6 (yes, Chinese) brush, the 2.5" cutter lays down a nice line. I was surprised that bristles that soft moved thick paint around so well. I am able to cut a much nicer line with the Zibra than with a 2.5" Purdy (though I don't work well with new Purdy brushes as a whole anymore; I like ProForms).

The Zibra's don't clean up very well and they end up with stray/wild bristles after a wash or two (including some bristles that fall out).

I know some guys steer away from anything sold at HD, and some guys steer away from anything low-priced on principal. shrug... Was just curious about anyone else's experience with them. I certainly wouldn't replace my Proform or Wooster Lindbeck with a Zibra, but for a cheap brush, it was "surprisingly not bad". YMMV.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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PS: They do seem to lay down the paint somewhat thin. The line stays crisp, but the paint seems to thin out much quicker the farther you travel with the brush stroke.
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Pfff! Accubrush is the tool of the future.

* Some say it was developed by Aliens.
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Kind of the response I expected; thank you.
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I bought the square angle one, used it once. I like my short handle arrowworthy rembrandt 2" semi-oval for cutting in base now. I was not comfortable with the shape, had to dab the paint off as it felt like I was going to goob it on where it should not be. There is a new brush from arrowworthy, but have not seen on shelves or online, just from the vendor. It is an angle, but thin in the front and thicker on the trailing edge. Its made for cutting base, looks promising. ewing made reference to it in a post.

That brush you speak of, looks ok, similar to the one I referenced. But, I think all short handle 2" angles are the best thing on the planet. The other brushes are gimickie, and as a painter it is dumb to have two brushes for doing one task, ie using the zibra for a corner, then finishing off with another.

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I bought the square angle one, used it once. I like my short handle arrowworthy rembrandt 2" semi-oval for cutting in base now. I was not comfortable with the shape, had to dab the paint off as it felt like I was going to goob it on where it should not be. There is a new brush from arrowworthy, but have not seen on shelves or online, just from the vendor. It is an angle, but thin in the front and thicker on the trailing edge. Its made for cutting base, looks promising. ewing made reference to it in a post.

The 'Wedge', yeah I got one to demo at a pro show. I liked the shape, and the way it cut. Bristles are all polyester though, so its kinda stiff.

I've had a triangle Zibra in the brush box for over a year. I really liked the way the bristles look and feel, so fine and soft. Looks like it would lay out a nice film. Haven't gotten around to trying it though. Wish I could find one in a regular 2.5 angular.

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Until I come across something that I can't paint with a Wooster or Corona, I have no need for any other brushes.
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Until I come across something that I can't paint with my Paint Zoom, I have no need for any brushes.
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The Zibra's don't clean up very well and they end up with stray/wild bristles after a wash or two (including some bristles that fall out).

Although it's real nice to read about the better mouse trap, that right there sorta diminishes any perceived advantage.



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Although it's real nice to read about the better mouse trap, that right there sorta diminishes any perceived advantage.
That ALWAYS happens when you wash a Zebra, especially the black ones
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Although it's real nice to read about the better mouse trap, that right there sorta diminishes any perceived advantage.
I agree; and despite some of the more cynical replies, I was in no way implying these brushes were better than Wooster, Corona, Picasso, etc. I was more just surprised to see such a cheap, Chinese brush move the paint around so well (at least when new) -- and was curious if anyone else had the same experience.

Thanks for the feedback.
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So is a zibra white with black stripes or black with white stripes??
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Wooster silver tip is a great cheap brush...i buy 2.5s for less than 7 bucks at the hardware store.

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