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jbrady33 06-08-2010 10:23 AM

Anybody still use a brush on walls?
For the more advanced painters out there:

'm serious!

I don't get paid so I'm not a 'pro', but was trained by a pro painter (father in law) who isn't around anymore. I _hated_ painting until he showed me how to do it right -best brushes & rollers you can afford, clean them right and cut everything in, no tape ever

I know there are some holy wars about brushes and paint, he always steered me to Purdy XL brushes and Dutch Boy paint. Not sure why he liked Dutch Boy so much over other brands, he said is spread and cut just as good for less.

Now I am to the point that I'm looking at smaller rooms thinking I could do this whole thing with one drop cloth and less cleanup if I had a big 6 or 8" wall brush instead of a roller. (Hate cleaning rollers)

So back to the question - does anyone still use a brush on decent size walls or do I just not have a good roller technique? (tend to splatter little dots of paint on me and the nearby area).
Any downside to using a big brush?
Brush recommendations welcome, I see Purdy has the Titan XL in 4" and Pacer XL in 6".

Thanks All!

Leah Frances 06-08-2010 10:40 AM

IMO - I painted a wood paneled room entirely with brushes because I didn't want the look of rolled paint on the wood paneling. The widest I could use was 4 inches - due to wrist fatigue. I don't think I could stand a day of painting with a six inch brush - the strain would outcompete the delicacy achieved by painting by hand.

Avoid, paint 'splatter' by not overloading your roller.

I buy medium grade rollers and toss 'em rather than wash them. I have bought a few pricy ones and washed them with a roller tool until they seemed clean, but I'm NEVER happy using a 'washed' roller the second time. I consider it part of the cost of doing business.

I'm not a paint snob - if you get good results from Dutch Boy - who cares?

hennyh 06-08-2010 12:32 PM

I always back brush my exterior siding even if I spray it on.

For interior I roll but I use good paint like Pratt and Lambert Accolade. You could roll on that paint wearing a black tuxedo and at the end of the job there would be no sign of any splatter.

If rolling a paint produces splatter then you're using crap paint IMHO.

Dutch Boy might have been decent in the old days but it doesn't command much professional respect lately.

jbrady33 06-08-2010 12:35 PM


Dutch Boy might have been decent in the old days but it doesn't command much professional respect lately.
That would make sense as the person that taught me was out of the industry many years ago.

Snav 06-08-2010 12:37 PM

I used a mini-roller in my bathroom because I was too broke to buy a bigger roller :D took me 2 days but it got done! LOL

Just some humor - carry on

poppameth 06-09-2010 06:46 AM

Dutch Boy is a Sherwin Williams brand. It use to be decent paint but once SW bought it they cut all the quality out of it and threw it in box stores like Wal-mart.

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