Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How to Choose a Paintbrush
How to Choose a Roller Cover
How to Choose a Roller Frame
Cleanup & Care Directions

No matter what kind of paint, coating, surface or space you’re working with, Purdy® has a vast selection of high-quality brushes designed to do specific jobs fast and perfectly. You’ll find all the information you need to choose the right brush on the keeper packaging of every Purdy brush and you can also find help picking the right brush here.

It’s easy. Any mild bar soap or dishwashing detergent will work. Find complete brush cleaning directions here.

Clean your brush immediately after use. Don’t soak it in a solvent or water, as this can damage the bristles. Use a regionally compliant cleaner and follow keeper packaging directions. Find complete brush cleaning directions here.

As with brushes, it pays to know what you’re painting and what you’re painting with. Purdy roller covers are made from a variety of different fabrics and materials, each one specialized to produce Pro results in specific situations and with certain paint types. Learn the difference between roller cover types here.

The right frame helps you get the most work done in the least amount of time. Purdy offers a wide range of frames that increase your comfort when you work and vary in size from the largest Purdy 18-inch Revolution™ roller frames for covering large, open spaces to the smallest Revolution Jumbo Mini roller frames designed for hard-to-reach areas and tight spaces. Learn more about roller cover frame selection here.

It’s a pretty simple process. Just wash the cover with soap and warm water and rinse until clean. Repeat if necessary. Feel free to use Purdy Brush & Roller Cleaner to help scrape excess paint off the roller cover if needed too. Find detailed roller cover cleaning directions here.

Select a cleaning solvent and follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully. Pour regionally-compliant cleaner into a container and dip the roller cover into it. Then repeat this process using a clean container and fresh solvent. Find detailed roller cover cleaning directions here.

A long soak in warm water can damage your brush. Latex paint that has dried on a brush can be softened with hot soapy water, just make sure to work quickly. After the dried paint has softened, work the soap through the brush bristles and follow with a clear water rinse. Repeat the process if necessary. Learn more about removing dried paint from brushes here.

The brush is not ruined. You can bring it back to life with the help of raw linseed oil, found at many paint dealers. First, clean the brush with warm, soapy water. Once it’s completely dry, put a dime-size drop of raw linseed oil in the palm of your hand and work it into the bristles. You may need to repeat this step several times to completely repair the brush. Once soft, comb out the brush and place it in its yellow Purdy brush Keeper until you’re ready to use it again.

Don’t use a wire brush to clean a paint brush. It knocks off the flag (splits) at the end of the bristles. Instead, use a paint brush comb to clean the paint from the inside of the brush.

Sorry, this is a myth. The low temperature of the fridge will slow the drying process, but it increases the chance of paint drying up inside the brush. Also most paints have an odor that will release and can get into your food. The best place for your clean, dry brush is in the Purdy Keeper.

Purdy brushes come with different types of bristles (filaments) and blends and each type works best with different kinds of paint. Generally, synthetic brushes are recommended for water-based/latex paints and a natural-bristle brush is best for oil-based paints, stains and clears. For Pro results and best productivity, get guidance on brush selection based on filament type here.

The ideal brush handle varies depending on which style you find more comfortable to hold and what you are painting. The Rattail is long and skinny to hold like a pencil. Fluted has cut-off corners to rest easier in the hand. Beavertail is thick and round for fitting nicely in the palm of the hand, and short is great for painting in tight spots. To find the style you’re most comfortable with, explore different handles here.

There are lots of reasons to choose Purdy quality painting tools, but in the end it’s all about the results. Pros know Purdy tools deliver the professional finish their work requires. They know Purdy brushes are handcrafted with quality raw materials and designed for long life. They know the same care goes into the creation of Purdy rollers, prep tools and accessories too. But don’t just take it from us. Hear Pros talk about the Purdy difference here.

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