EZ Clean Paint Brush road test.
A few weeks ago, I got a box in the mail. You see, HouseinProgress has a post office box and occasionally we get things. Oven timers, advertisements, catalogs. And a paint brush. A very normal looking paint brush.
This paint brush came with a very nice, personalized letter from the maker of the paint brush asking me to try his product. I normally don't do this. But the maker of the paint brush said the magic words. "I don't expect a specific type of endorsement. I just want honest feedback." Well, okay then. You can't buy my opinion and I don't do paid endorsements. But if you are willing to let me try your product and publish what I really think, then I am your girl.
Of course, I tried to squeeze in a demo of this paintbrush at the same time when Aaron was home (to hold the camera), I was home, and Grace was napping. This took longer than I expected and, for that, I apologize. I didn't think it would be so unusual for those three things to coincide. Apparently, that has the same chance of happening as a solar eclipse with a comet streaking across it.
It was too cold that day to paint outside, so I tested out the paintbrush on a few old window screens in the basement.
The brush was light weight, easy to hold. I usually like my brushes to be a little more narrow because I have such small hands, but it wasn't uncomfortable. The handle could have had a bit more heft to provide additional balance to the weight of the bristles. The ridges on the handle of the brush helped me to maintain a more precise grip.
The bristles of the brush were excellent. REALLY sweet. I wasn't picking stray bristles out of my paint job and the brush was keeping the shape of its line nicely as I was cutting in.
The interesting part was the clean up. This paint brush is made to be attached to a garden hose or the faucet of a utility sink when the brush is to be cleaned. Luckily, I have such a utility sink in my dark, dark basement.
The top of the handle came off easily when I unscrewed it.
I screwed the handle onto the faucet.
And I let the water rip.
Um. Cool! Seconds later, the brush was clean. Okay, yeah. That was pretty fun. Unlike other housebloggers, I freaking HATE to clean paint brushes. Especially since it means that I am hunched over my utility sink in my dark, dark basement while I'm doing it. Keeping an eye out for thousand leggers. And spiders. So, sue me. Anything to make that nightmare go faster, sign me up.
That is, if it is cost-effective. Because I am also frugal. So, how does the price point compare? Let's cut to the chase. Is this paintbrush a TON more expensive than the usual brushes I would buy?
Okay, I don't buy very cheapo paintbrushes because I hate picking bristles out of my paint job. I spend between $9 and $12 for a decent brush, usually a Purdy.
And the EZ Paint? Depending on the size, the prices fall between $10 and $14. Which isn't too far off the mark.
My vote? I'll keep it on the peg in my wood shop. I enjoyed watching it get clean...that was fun, actually. And I would consider another one. Especially if they can make one that has a handle for a child-sized hand like mine. :)
Clarification: The EZ Clean Paint Brush is only to be used with substances that can be cleaned with water...latex paint for example. It can't be used with oil based paints or substances that have to be cleaned up with paint thinners.