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a wise modeller once told me , " spend as much as you can on your brushes , you'll be glad ya did ". and i did . later i did buy some cheapies and really learned a lesson .
i will buy mid range brushes to dry brush with . but the dirt cheap ones are ...well ... dirt . not worth the trouble they give ya .
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Because I do a lot of very small detail painting (like eyes on a 1/72 figure for example), back in 1990 I spent $24.00 on one brush (don't even know the gauge anymore because the marking rubbed off years ago), but it's got maybe 6 bristles in it (yes, that's the way it's supposed to be).

I still have it and still use it frequently. I probably spent around $300 total for the brushes I bought then and they're all in good shape almost 15 years later.

One trick I learned is after I'm done painting and the brushes are thoroughly cleaned, take a drop of liquid dish detergent between your thumb & forefinger and lightly twist the bristles to a point and store them bristles up. The detergent keeps the point on your brushes as it dries.

Yep, the wife was pissed when I bought 'em but they outlasted her! :lol:
 

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Well Mr Frets, I don't know much about brushes but my ex was after me to reduce the size of my model collection. However it outlasted her too!!!
 

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Cajjunwolfman said:
Well Mr Frets, I don't know much about brushes but my ex was after me to reduce the size of my model collection. However it outlasted her too!!!
:lol: :lol: Sounded like my first wife. :thumbsup: rr
 

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well y'gets whatcha pays fer, ebay or otherwise. there are good cheap brushes out there (dickblick.com has their oown economy brand thats quite good) and sometimes you need a cheap brush because youre going to destroy it in the process.

a patternmakers trick for keeping the bristles of the cheap chip brushes they use from coming off and getting imbedded in their plaster: hold the brush tilted with the bristles up and apply some ca glue to the bristles where they meet the metal shank.
 

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well y'gets whatcha pays fer, ebay or otherwise. there are good cheap brushes out there (dickblick.com has their oown economy brand thats quite good) and sometimes you need a cheap brush because youre going to destroy it in the process.

a patternmakers trick for keeping the bristles of the cheap chip brushes they use from coming off and getting imbedded in their plaster: hold the brush tilted with the bristles up and apply some ca glue to the bristles where they meet the metal shank.
what is ca glue?
 
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