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Old 03-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hey, maybe HD isn't so bad after all?


Just noticed in this week's ad (for my local store, anyway)
Purdy 3-pack Professional Paint Brush Set for $19.97. Normal price is $27.72
It's a 1", 1.5", and 2" brush set.

Does that sound like a good price?

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Old 03-14-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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Yes it's a good deal, but they are crappy Purdys
Those aren't XL-Glides in there, sorry
Purdy runs de-spec'd brushes in HD
They are not your Paint Store's brushes

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Old 03-14-2008, 08:44 PM   #3
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well, look where you live.........i'd think they gotta slap on more just for getting it there, no? Is behr the only paint they get over there?
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:22 AM   #4
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Slickshift is absolutely right. Why skimp on a tool that makes your life easier? Especially if your using an oil base paint and you happen to notice after cured that there is a long black piece of poly/nylox cured in your nice new glossy white entrance door? Spend the few extra bucks to save you hours of grief...........................
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Yes it's a good deal, but they are crappy Purdys
Those aren't XL-Glides in there, sorry
Purdy runs de-spec'd brushes in HD
They are not your Paint Store's brushes

That being said, the crappy Purdys are still better than the "purdy crappy" others they have in big box stores
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:40 AM   #6
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I've found that many of the house brand brushes and roller covers in real paint stores are excellent values and come in various grades and styles for the casual user to DIY-er and all the way up to professional. All without breaking the bank. Because of advertising budgets, promotions, sponsorships, store returns, etc., the name brand brushes and roller covers tend to offer less quality for the same or even more money.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:57 AM   #7
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Agreed. For that matter, a lot of the House Brands are made by the same people who make the big names, it's their way of being able to get into the lower end market without "cheapening" their main brand name.

Problem with Alaska and Hawaii is most times folks like " the real paint stores" can't compete like they can in the lower 48 because of the shear cost to get the product in the door. Depot does this well because they can bring in so much at a time through their transit facility and they leverage the heck out of their suppliers
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You're right about shipping costs to Alaska and Hawaii. I didn't look at the OP's location. So, in his case, HD's stuff is probably the best bang for his buck.
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Yes it's a good deal, but they are crappy Purdys
Those aren't XL-Glides in there, sorry
Purdy runs de-spec'd brushes in HD
They are not your Paint Store's brushes
I bought the Purdy Value Pack at HD last week and haven't opened them yet. The package clearly states the brushes are:
  1. 1" XL-Dale
  2. 1.5" XL-Glide
  3. 2" XL-Sprig
Should I return them?
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:30 PM   #10
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These brushes are fine if you don't have to use them too much. I'm unhappy with the XL brushes losing their shape after repeated cleaning but they still paint a straight line. I wouldn't buy them again and I'll eventually get annoyed enough to replace them. Hope this helps.
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These brushes are fine if you don't have to use them too much. I'm unhappy with the XL brushes losing their shape after repeated cleaning but they still paint a straight line. I wouldn't buy them again and I'll eventually get annoyed enough to replace them. Hope this helps.
Thanks, I'm new to this and don't know what's good and what isn't. I figure they'll do OK, and for $20 for the three-pack, it was a lot cheaper than buying them separately. I dropped by the Sherwin-Williams store today, and they were selling these brushes and others. What do you guys consider to be the "premium" brushes?
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I bought the Purdy Value Pack at HD last week and haven't opened them yet. The package clearly states the brushes are:
  1. 1" XL-Dale
  2. 1.5" XL-Glide
  3. 2" XL-Sprig
Should I return them?
Generally these would be considered low use sizes, but perhaps a good beginning set for someone who is new to this

It might be good for you to start out with narrower brushes that hold less paint (the thinner de-spec'd brushes) while you get used to them

Generally someone who paints a fair amount won't go below a 2.5" brush except for delicate work
A 2.5 XL Glide (Paint Store thickness rather than the HD thinner ones) would be considered a common standard go-to brush

Even if you outgrow them quickly, they would probably still be good to have available as tools for occasional use for the lighter more delicate stuff

As I mentioned, it is still a good deal, even if they are not the exact spec's for the lines the Paint Store carries
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Greetings to Juneau....

Those brushes will be fine to have around the house. Someone who doesn't paint for a living won't know the difference.

I agree with slick on HD issues, however, when I go to a customers house, I'd much rather see those brushes laying around than the plastic handle, plastic bristle nightmares.
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Do the Purdy XL brushes sold at HD have different part numbers from the paint store brushes? I thought I had bought mine from a paint store, but I may have picked it up at HD by mistake. That would explain my dissatisfaction. Maybe I can still return it.
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Do the Purdy XL brushes sold at HD have different part numbers from the paint store brushes?
Good question...I did not check that

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