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Happy Imperial Citizen


I would like to ask if you know any brand of (moderately cheap) synthetic brushes that I could use, mainly for metallic paints and washes (I already have a couple with kolinsky sable for the standard acrylics). I am really tired of cheap made-in-china brushes that, even with the proper care (rinsed frequently and soap afterwards), disintegrate and lose their tip in a matter of two painting sessions.

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Rogue Grot Kannon Gunna

Atlanta, GA

For metallics I buy the cheap "8 brushes for $7" packs at the arts and crafts store. Use until they're no longer usable and move on to the next one.
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Longtime Dakkanaut

I haven’t noticed metallic paints affecting my brush. Do you mean leadbelcher as an example?

Windsor Newton cottman are the best synthetic brushes I have used and last a good amount of time if cared for properly.
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Happy Imperial Citizen

Yes, Leadbelcher, Retributor Armour and any other paint that contains microscopic metal flakes to give the shine.
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Dakka Veteran

Not really what you asked for, but you can find several types of extra cheap brushes at a dollar store. I've bought a few packs to use as throw away brushes for uses that would ruin good brushes. Near me, I can get a variety 7 pack, a set of 5 larger brushes for large vehicle panels, terrain, washing, and glue work, and a set of 3 pack that are a bit nicer for more detailed needs. All for only $1 each. Sure, they probably won't last long, but at that price they really don't need to and you won't have to worry about ruining good brushes. I actually get a bunch of cheap craft tools at the dollar stores, though it's mostly for terrain work.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

So why do you feel you need a different brush for Metallics? I’ve never heard this before

If you aren’t happy with expensive kolinsky brushes I would still go for a decent synthetic. Any cheap brush I have tried, with any kind of paint, quickly becomes unusable. Even if accuracy is not required then getting a smooth layer still needs a brush with bristles pointing in generally the same direction
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Happy Imperial Citizen

I used the first kolinsky that I bought for everything: paints, metallics, washes, etc. The brush was destroyed a couple of weeks later. Now I use the kolinsky one only for standard paints, almost 1 year and still rocking. That's why I use synthetics for metallics and everything else.
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