Features April 2011 Issue

Paint Brushes Get LPU Workout

Practical Sailor tests 6 during topside-paint project.

Practical Sailor tested a half-dozen 2- to 3-inch, natural-bristle brushes marketed for use with oil-based coatings. The test field covered a range of bristle types, bristle shapes, handle styles, and prices, representing those most often found in marine chandleries and hardware stores. At paint-makers Interlux and Epifanes' suggestions, we compared good-quality badger-hair and China-bristle brushes when we applied two-part linear polyurethane paints to the fiberglass hull of PS's Catalina 22. The test brushes included the Seafit Flagship badger-hair brushes found at West Marine and made by Red Tree Industries; the Wooster Brush Co.'s white-China bristle brush; the Omega Lily ox-bristle brush available through Epifanes; and a few hardware-store-brand brushes from Ace Hardware, Benjamin Moore Paints, and Purdy Professional Painting Tools.

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