View Full Version : Quality Brushes...Purdy Ox hair....Brush Care suggestions?

08-14-2005, 01:02 PM
I finally got my Purdy Ox hair brush ( 2 1/2" Ox-o-thin ) and simply love it..."sweet" ( www.brushesdirect.com (http://www.brushesdirect.com) ) . Its a combination of ox hair and white china "thin" bristles. When you make that final light stroke, the taper and longer bristles leave no brush marks at all.

After using this brush, I wish I had not bought my standard Purdy 3" white china bristle brush...or any of the standard bristle brushes I have. My 3" Purdy has quite large diameter bristles. I plan to get the 1 1/2" Ox -o -thin next and a 3" model.

I also like the 2"badger brush I bought from Lee Valley, but is is quite stiff. I noticed that JAMESTOWN offers THIN Badger brushes for reasonable prices. Anyone used them? I wonder how they would compare to the Ox-o-thin. Whats the best Badger Brush, if anyone has used several brands?

Cleaning procedure tips welcomed.


[ 08-16-2005, 05:57 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

08-14-2005, 01:09 PM
With the brightsides I noticed with the badger brush from jamestown (full) that I dont have brush marks thinned at 10%. But what I do see is the sand scratches from the 320.I am gonna check into the ox brush you mention. Glad you are getting good results. Also,the old purdy brushes I had were black china bristle. The white ones from the depot are too thick.I have found that most everything from depot are for semi professional use at best.There is a better source of brushes from your local paint jobber that supplies to the specific trades.

08-14-2005, 01:14 PM
Well, this 2 1/2" Ox-o-thin has very fine bristles and I will look for that in the furture. You are right, most of the standard displays at Lowes, Home Depot, etc are pretty limited in brush selection. I thought the white china bristles were better than the black? I did notice a few black china bristle brushes at a Sherwin williams Store, they looked pretty thin.

I want to check out the "thin badger brushes" at Jamestown too.


08-14-2005, 01:46 PM
There are several high quality brushes to pick from, I bought the plain "ox-o-thin" in a 2 1/2" width... which I think is a pretty damn good brush....


AUTO enamel VERSION...

ANOTHER OXHAIR "FLOWING MODEL also for ultra-fine enamel work...and "Piano" finish".

Of course the Ox-0-angular for normal house/sash, etc work.

Also, this Widgeon in a 4" brush would seem great for painting larger areas... it even says Marine uses on the blurb... But not an oxhair brush.

I think the auto finish brush might be overkill, but I would like to try one. My next brush will be the "flowing" model.


[ 08-14-2005, 02:50 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]

08-16-2005, 11:07 AM
Mmm. Top of the line Purdy brushes. I reckon you've got about the best brush that you can get. I prefer them to the imported English and Dutch brushes. Have not used these but they seem too full. Certainly the badger brushes that you see everywhere are.

No excuses now my friend. Heh, heh.

Didn't know they still made auto enamel brushes.

Good luck dude.

Clean them well! Maybe we should have a thread on brush cleaning. Could use some advice in that regard myself.

08-16-2005, 04:43 PM
The Ox-o-thin 2 1/2" brush was about $15 plus shipping. I think it a very nice brush. I don't know if all the above brushes are still available...most likely not.

I recently read the "brush care and cleaning" section from a couple sources and the best approach seems to be get about 4 to 5 quart containers (gatorade bottles for example) and fill them all with Kerosene. Number them from number one to number 5 and then pour the contents of number one into a shallow pan (perhaps a meatloaf pan) and clean the brush by hand, working solvent towards the base of the brush. Dip the brush in and hold it upsidedown while working solvent into the base bristles. Shake the brush out (use a brush spinner) and pour the kerosene back into the original container with a funnel. Now repeat the process with each succeeding container of Kerosene, finally getting the brush very clean and shaking it dry... let dry, and wrap up for storage. The account I read on this said although it sounded like it took a long time, that in reality, if one is set up to do it, it goes pretty fast.

Note: the paint materials settle into the bottom of the containers and you can always pour off the clean used solvent into another bottle when the solids build up too much. Also he noted that using kerosene made it not necessary to wash the brushes in soap and water, just dry and store them.

Any suggestions for cleaning techniques are welcomed.

I'm saving my quart sized gatorade bottles for this purpose as I plan to take good care of my brushes.


[ 08-16-2005, 05:53 PM: Message edited by: RodB ]