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27 Apr 2020 3:16 p.m. PST
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randy51 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 2:58 p.m. PST

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a good online source for decent paint brushes? Be great to find some that last more than a couple of days (if that). I'm looking for the fine tipped ones for detail work.

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 3:16 p.m. PST


It can be a personal choice.
Brush care is important. Cleaning them out. If using acrylics, I twirl the point together in a bit of detergent- rinse and twirl again.
Depending on what scale you are painting= brush type.
I'd suggest getting mid range (price) brushes, until you develop a reliable maintenance regime.
I tend to buy bulk "000" Teklon in multiples of 6. So, 12 or 24 one off purchase. Some vendors offer specials online.

I might suggest
For fine black points – experiment.

John Armatys27 Apr 2020 3:21 p.m. PST

I'd strongly recommend Windsor & Newton series 7 (see Tango's post earlier today TMP link And Masters Brush Soap seriously extends the life of brushes.

I've recently got some Rosemary 401 series to try based on a recommendation on TMP link – nice, and a lot cheaper, but not as good for detail work as W & N.

randy51 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 3:28 p.m. PST

Great! Thanks for those recommendations.

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Apr 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

+1 on the Windsor Newton recommendations

Syrinx027 Apr 2020 4:55 p.m. PST

+2 on the Windsor Newton recommendations.

I also tried the Rosemary series but had a few useless brushes (I.e. dead useless from the start) that impacted their cost savings considering the overseas postage. The others were fine and point wise similar to W&N. If you are in the UK I would definitely try them.

Masters brush cleaner is good for any brush and should definitely be part of your supplies.

von Schwartz01 May 2020 6:04 p.m. PST

Don't need to go online but I suppose you could if you want. I've been using Wal-Mart brushes, found in the crafts area, for several years now. Not expensive at all, about $4 USD for 4 fine detail brushes. They work quite well and if you take care of them they will last 3-4 months each so 1 pack lasts a year.

I used to spend between of $5 USD-$10 per brush back in the day, the 80s and 90s, and those expensive brushes didn't last longer or perform any better than these inexpensive ones.

Just one mans opinion.

Oregon0127 Sep 2020 3:04 p.m. PST

Raphael series 8404. Though Windsor and newton series 7 is a very good
brush…I think the Raphael 8404 perhaps slightly better….it contains a very good point with a decent body size for carrying paint that's hard to beat.

Wealdmaster29 Sep 2020 7:14 a.m. PST

I've had good results with the Army Painter brushes, although I avoid their paints.

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