The most comfortable wood handle brushes
on the market!
Zibra high performance brushes
We were told about these brushes by Lowell "Ratty"
Shipe. He suggested that they were too good for us to not
offer here. He said:
I thought I would give you a review on these brushes.. I've
been wielding paint brushes for more years than I care to
think about and have used all types of brushes and price
range... Presently I own Ratty's Boatworks and do a lot
of painting and Bright Work.. About a year ago I ran across
a new line of paint applicators from a new company called
ZIBRA .. They put out brushes I'd put up against any other
paintbrushes I've ever used... I'm very impressed. They
can pick up at least 75% more paint than any brush I've
used and with nice even strokes, leaving no bubbles in its
wake...Two features I like are: one, that the handle is
in an hourglass shape and fits your hand and keeps your
hand from tiring; and, secondly it comes with a burlap wrap,
which has a magnetic closure... So after you use and clean
the brush, it goes back into its wrapper and hangs up to
dry to its original shape.
My cleaning methods: Oil Paints,Varnishes and Urethanes
-- I use gas to clean them, gas to rinse it and then hot
water and gentle soap (i.e. dish soap)..twirl the bristles
between your hands when done.
Latex: hot water and soap; if using a color paint -- after
washing, use common household bleach, then wash it again.
Since using these brushes, I wouldn't be without 'em
Oil vs. Latex:
We are told by Ratty that the
oil and latex brushes can both be used for either oil or latex
paint. This seemed confusing, but when we got the brushes
we looked at them closely and found that the difference appears
to be the coarsness of the bristles, rather than the material.
The bristles on the latex brushes are finer and presumable
work better with the viscosity of those paints. I should point
out that the difference is slight.
I've had a chance now to use our new Zibra 1" Round brush. I like it. I'd never used a round brush before, so maybe that's part of it (shape, feel, amount of material held, even flow). It also has better quality bristles and lays down a nicer coat than I'd imagined. Not up to my best natural-bristle brushes, but not bad at all... esp. for the price.
I did make one modification, shown here:
I cut off the pointy end to allow it to be used to tamp down the varnish/paint can lids. Otherwise, I love this new brush I got from Duckworks: Zibra 1" Round.
I finally got an opportunity
to try out the new brushes before winter settles in. Temps
got up into the 60's at least during the afternoon, so thought
I'ld hit it. I first used the 1" round Redonda by Zibra
to paint up to the trim on the gunnels. Held a good quantity
of paint so it made it easy to carry the line. Left a nice
smooth surface. It did lose a few bristles, but I'd bet that
will improve with use. The brush cleaned up nicely with paint
thinner. I also like the storage cover it came with.
I've been wanting to try out
polyester bristle brushes. Seems like the china bristle brushes
I've used in the past just don't clean up and stay smooth
for repeated uses.
Feel free to use the pics
to shamlessly plug these new brushes. I think people will
like them. I'm still hoping to get the Pickle out for a good
test in a fair breeze. Didn't get a real test in at the Lake
Powell Messabout. I did row it up to Moqui Canyon and back
heavy duty oarlocks. Did great, but couldn't
keep up with Heather.... Hope you enjoying the fall.