Update 10/12: On further review, these brushes have not held up as well over time as other pro level brushes that we use. They are good as long as they hold together, but when they are done, they are done. Not typical of professional quality brushes.
Picasso paint brushes have been getting a good bit of attention for the past few months. Most of the feedback from paint contractors has been that Proform makes a great brush. In fact, the only negative, which I read on one of the internet paint forums, was regarding bristle shed issues, particularly during cleaning of the brush.
As the Picasso brand is not available in my local area, I put in a request to Proform for some samples, and they agreed to send them out for our review. Please note that this is not a product review, just a quick introduction of the tool. We will likely be sharing more about Picasso brushes in the future as we continue to use them in different applications, which perhaps will result in a full review down the road.
“The Bull” is a short handled brush that is designed for tight spaces, but capable of holding and releasing plenty of material on the open road. One feature that is unique about this brush is that it is an angled sash, but with an oval shaped ferrule. The bristles are soft, but the video (below) shows it to be plenty snappy in the delivery of paint, which is a desirable balance between soft and firm bristle construction.
Our video footage shows the Bull in acrylic primer on multi-step poplar trim profiles, as well as flat panel birch veneer plywood panels. The brush was used in this series of tasks with all substrates in horizontal orientation. In between tasks, the brush was either left standing in material, in which case the bristles didn’t bend, or laying out flat and full of material. At the end of the video, you can see that the brush cleaned well.
Not one bristle has been shed in the use of this brush so far. One thing that I can already tell that I will not like about Picasso is the jacket that it comes in. It is not as inside out moisture resistant and durable as others we use. But that is a minor point.
If you are a Picasso user, please let us know how they have been performing for you.