Proper applicator selection is a matter of striking a balance between painting accuracy, speed and finish quality with durability and overall cost of materials and labor. Here’s a brief overview of the newest brush and roller cover offerings from some of the industry’s top brand names:
PURDY: Clearcut Elite Brushes & Marathon Roller Covers
Purdy’s latest brush offerings are in the Clearcut Elite line, which is designed with a stiffer formulation for low-VOC coatings and to enable precise lines for cutting in around molding, trim, corners and ceilings. Clearcut Elite has a different bristle formulation to provide a stiffer brush than the company’s Clearcut line, making it particularly suited for applying very heavy coatings or for use in hot, humid environments. “Because there’s a high need for productivity with professional painters, we expanded our offering in our Clearcut Elite family to include semioval angle and sprigstyle brushes,” says Marcelo Orchon, Purdy product manager.
In the roller cover realm, Purdy’s new full line is its Marathon covers, which are also geared toward productivity. The company has continued to expand the Marathon series with a variety of nap and roller cover sizes ranging from mini-rollers to 18.” All are made with the same fabric and are available in the same naps to allow for consistent stipple patterns. These durable covers won’t mat down on large painting jobs—allowing one cover to be used for the entire project. The company claims Marathon roller covers paint 20% farther per dip on drywall and have 33% less lint than the leading competitor.
“The advantage of the Clearcut Elite semioval angle and sprig styles and the Marathon covers is increased production,” says Orchon. “They hold more paint, cover more surface, and allow painters to get the job done faster with high-quality results.”
Wooster’s newest product offering is its Gold Edge paintbrush line. “Over the years, some painters who are fans of our Silver Tip line, have expressed a desire for a brush with increased rigidity,” says Tim Yates, communications and multimedia manager at Wooster. “Our new Gold Edge brush line is a direct response to that demand.”
Utilizing a filament blend of 100% CT (chemically tipped) polyester means that Gold Edge paintbrushes are able to offer super-smooth finishing capabilities. They are also built with added firmness, which allows Gold Edge brushes to push paint farther—increasing production.
Gold Edge enters the paint applicator market as one of Wooster’s largest lines— 22 SKUs in all, as well as a variety 3-pack. “This is the first Wooster professional paintbrush line to include the new semioval angle sash style in its launch, which is quickly gaining popularity with painters across the U.S. and in Europe.” says Yates.
Wooster has also added four semioval angle sash brushes to its Silver Tip line. The company says Silver Tip semioval angle sash brushes blend the benefits of three paintbrush styles into one; they carry paint like an oval brush, cut like an angle sash brush, and offer increased precision like a thin angle sash brush. The new Silver Tip paintbrushes are available in four sizes; with the addition of these new brushes, the Wooster Silver Tip line has grown to nearly 25 different SKUs.
Wooster also recently expanded its microfiber roller cover offerings by adding a 9″ x 5⁄16″ nap roller 3-pack to its Micro Plush line. Constructed with a soft-white microfiber fabric, Micro Plush rollers deliver a uniform, even finish that’s a good alternative for painting pros who typically use mohair or foam rollers for application of paints and enamels. Because of their ability to achieve spray-like results, Wooster Micro Plush roller covers are also a popular choice for applying varnishes to surfaces such as cabinets and doors, as well as other smooth-surface applications.
Proform’s high-end offering is its distinctive orange-with-gray-stripe Picasso roller cover, which the company recommends pairing with its patented Picasso roller frame with Headlock cores for maximum productivity. The Picasso line enables painters to paint accurately and quickly while reducing prep work, time and labor costs. The Picasso roller cover employs Italian fiber milled for excellent absorption and precision, while resisting matting and minimizing shedding. The fiber is thermally adhered to a long-lasting core that is both solvent and water resistant.
Proform describes its new Contractor series as an affordable, dependable line of roller covers for use with all paints and for all applications. These are white, woven-fiber rollers with a phenolic core that is completely solvent resistant. The company’s Void line is another new price-conscious offering, with a yellow, medium-density polyester that offers precision and affordability in the application of all paints.
Corona recently introduced two new models to their popular Performance Chinex family of professional brushes: the 2-ó” and 3″ Express angular sash brush and the 3″ Atlas square-edge wall brush.
These new extra-long brushes are designed to save time and effort by picking up more paint with each load. Fewer reloads means less time dipping and more time on the surface which, in turn, contributes to greater productivity.
Both the Express and Atlas brushes are handmade with a full stock of extra-long, custom-formulated, 100% Dupont Chinex filament, and provide great performance with oil and latex paints, especially modern, high-viscosity acrylic coatings.
“While we believe painters will like them for a variety of reasons, right now the leading factor is great coverage,” said Corona President Ben Waksman. “It’s a significant time-saver.”