Purdy XL Professional Paint Brush Set (3-Pack) #140853100
Pros: Top quality. Long life. American made. Excellent weight and balance.
Cons: Angular trim bristle style too specialized. Some painters prefer natural bristle. Proper post-paint maintenance is essential.
Like members of any profession, painters have a preference for the tools they use. Just as the chef has a favorite knife and the carpenter a hammer, painters will discover one particular brush that works perfectly. Often, a brush will possess all the factors that improve speed and accuracy – including bristle length, a comfortable grip and proper balance. When you find “the one” – it works and feels like an extension of your hand.
Natural vs. Synthetic
In years past, natural boar-bristle brushes were used primarily for oil-based paints, stains and polyurethane coatings. Their finer bristles allowed the applied product less effort to “level” or settle to a smooth surface before the drying process began. Plus, the natural bristle was impervious to the chemical deterioration that the synthetics often suffered. The synthetic bristle brushes available currently have a finer, more durable bristle that makes them suitable for both latex and oil-based paints.
Purdy uses “a blend of DuPont solid, round and tapered Tynex and Orel filaments” in their XL line.
Contained within are a 1-inch Dale, a 1-1/2 inch Glide and a 2-inch Sprig. All three are from Purdy‘s “most versatile” XL series and are appropriate for use with all paints.
The 1” XL Dale has an angular trim brush style with a copper ferrule and a rat-tail handle. Back in the day, any brush with an angular cut was referred to as a “sash” brush. Aside from the occasional tight access – such as an inside corner obscured by door trim, I never had much use for this size or style – aside from painting sash. With the increasing popularity of metal and vinyl-clad energy-efficient windows, paintable sash is becoming much less common.
The 1-1/2” XL Glide has the same angular bristle trim and copper ferrule as the Dale, but features a fluted handle. The Glide’s increased width makes this a more practical choice for cutting-in or detail work in tight spaces.
The 2” XL Sprig has a copper ferrule, flat trim brush style and a beaver-tail handle. This has always been my brush of choice – the only non-angular style of the bunch has a comfortable, balanced feel for the majority of painting situations I encounter. Its 2” width allows it to hold the perfect amount of paint for speed, accuracy and desired result.
At a time when many of our consumer goods are produced off-shore, Purdy brushes are American-made. Each brush is “signed” by the brushmaker who hand-crafted it – indicated by a small yellow sticker attached to the ferrule.
Why the 3 Pack?
I received this brush set as a door prize at a contractor’s event. Due to the style preference issues stated above, I would not have purchased this combo as configured.
However, if Purdy were to replace the 1” Dale with a 1-1/2” Sprig, this would be a best buy. From an economic perspective, this set is still a bargain when considering individual list price.
Purdy Good Advice
If maintained properly, Purdy brushes will last for years. It was not a common occurrence when a favorite brush would simply wear-out from repeated daily use.
The best way to guarantee a long life is to clean your brushes promptly and thoroughly at the conclusion of the job. Hang to store, using the hole in the handle.
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