Review of Proform Picasso short handle “Bull”
This article by Adam Bermingham, Traditional Painter in Ireland and owner of My Painted Furniture, is a review of Proform Picasso short handle “Bull” – Picassos are featured here regularly as one of the trade’s best brushes.
They call the Proform Picasso the most technically advanced paint brush ever made. That may well be true, but is it the best paint brush ever made?
When it was first released, I was sent a 2.5 inch flat sash brush and I have been using it ever since. But you don’t get the full story of the Picasso from a flat sash. What Proform have done is develop the world’s first oval, angled sash and in that lies its real genius. For those of you who don’t know what I’m on about with angles and sashes, take a look at the pictures below…
Picasso paint brushes are easy to clean
I’d like to start at the end. In my business of hand painted furniture I use a lot of different brushes in a lot of different types of paint, all day, every day. Because of this, cleaning brushes takes up a lot of my time. I could not believe how little time these things take to clean, around half the time of the average brush. According the reading material this is down to the revolutionary “hardline” construction, using epoxy to permanently fuse the filaments to the ferrule. There is no well inside the brush where paint and cleaning liquids can collect, speeding up the process.
Picasso Bull short handles for confined spaces
In my workshop I use a lot of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 and Crown Liquid Satin so I completed a re-finishing project using these and a 2 inch short grip Proform Picasso. I used this because of the piece’s hard-to-reach areas.
As you can see from the pictures below. The short handle took care of the furniture painting with ease.
Picasso suited to Zinsser Bullseye 123
Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 is a heavy bodied primer ideal for bare timber. The Picasso brush handled the paint fantastically, holding a high volume, without any drips, and releasing it evenly with little or no brush-marks.
I also did a test-board with this brush and Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, and no exaggeration it looks sprayed. Comparing it to other brushes of this type, I would say that I have never used a short grip brush of this quality before.
Picasso with Crown Liquid Satin
Next came the Crown Liquid Satin, a fairly thin paint, but that was no problem for “the bull”. No dripping and great paint release. The finish achieved was superb. Lay-off was very smooth and I felt like it took a shorter time to get the job done. It compares very favorably to its competitors, if it has any at all.
Is Picasso worth the extra money?
It is at the high end of the price range for a pro-quality brush, but as I said at the start about its build quality and cleanability are excellent and I imagine that it would outlast most brushes, making it good value for the money you pay. The pictures below show the finished job and I think you will agree it looks pretty good.
I would highly recommend the whole Proform Picasso range and especially the oval angled sashes. Members of the Traditional Painter network get their Proform Picassos from mypaintbrush.co.uk. Their friendly customer service and prices are why we go to them, so go check them out.
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