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Master Painter Brush Not So Good

Reviewing: Tru Value Master Painter Select Brushes  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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When I painted my front door I decided that I didn’t have a decent paintbrush any more, so picked out this one which seemed mid-range. It was decidedly poor, and I can’t recommend it.

This is a Tru-Value brand brush, and I’ve had good luck with many of their products, but I’m not happy with this one. It cost $5.99 for a 1 ½ inch, straight-cut brush. It says it is for use with all kinds of paints and finishes. The bristles are polyester, and I don’t know if you can tell in the picture, but they are layer cut to make the end of the brush softer and more flexible. It all looked good in the store.

The truth is that the brush was very stiff, and several bristles popped out at angles from the edge of the ferrule as I worked, needing to be removed before they left unwanted streaks on the door casings or me.

Usually, I have very good luck painting edges even with a brush this size, but I couldn’t do it with this one. I had to get an artist brush from my craft box to do all the edges.

This says “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” It says that if you are dissatisfied with the performance of this product at any time up to one year of purchase that you can get a refund. Well... I probably should, but I like my local hardware guy, and probably won’t take it back. I can use it for larger areas, just not edges.

It did clean up nicely with dish soap and water.

It’s 20 miles to the store where I got the Quality Select brushes that I liked so much when I was doing some temporary work for someone. Too bad.