Is it OK to call them life-changing?
I also appreciate you don't have to marry up the right brush to the right paint. Cling On Brushes work beautifully with ANY water-based paint.
Developed in Holland by veteran painter Frank Michielsen in 2011, these handmade paint brushes slammed onto the international furniture painting a few years later arriving in Australia just last year.
One of the traits that makes them so special is that the filaments (bristles), are shaped in such a way (chipped, flagged, tapered) that they minimise brushstrokes providing a smooth, even finish. In addition to exceptional coverage, they are designed for sharp cutting-in as well as excellent pick-up and release of paint.
With Cling Ons, you can LEAVE them in water and they like it?! Noooo, can this really be true?!
The bristles have a special coating so when immersed in water, the paint will "slide" off. They literally self-clean! Once finished painting, hang the brush in water (not touching the bottom) and change the water daily until the brush is clean. During this time the filaments suck water up to the ferrule where the paint dissolves and sinks. This also keeps paint from hardening high up the brush and ruining its shape.
If only everything cleaned itself!
How to Choose the Right Shape Cling-On Brush
The O35 or the R18 and F40 are perfect all-rounders but if working on primarily smaller projects like decor, the R12 is ideal. And if working on a piece with spindles or slats, do not walk but RUN to a Round Brush. In my experience you will cut drag marks by half!
If you find the handle too cumbersome, simply give it the chop and cut off at the length you feel is most comfortable to your hand.
F30: Traditional shape ideal for painting small areas
F40: The perfect all-purpose brush in a traditional shape. Great "starter" brush.
O35: A medium-sized brush, the perfect all-rounder. Start with this one!
O45: Large brush for bigger projects, applies a lot of paint quickly.
*Can be heavy for smaller hands
R12: A small brush for smaller items and especially useful on spindles/turned legs. A must-have in every painters' collection!
R18: Medium brush for targeted areas or general painting, excellent all-rounder.
Tips on Caring for Your Cling On Paint Brush
• When finished painting hang in water (feet not touching the bottom). Change water daily.
• When ready to use again, spin the remaining water out and you're good to go!