Monday, August 25, 2008

The right tools

My wife and I have been doing a bunch of painting, lately. New house projects are fun in that they always mean a new tool of some sort. In this case, brushes.

I apparently have not done much in the past several years that required a 3 or 4 inch brush as the ones I had were cheap. The lacquered handles were the first give away. The lack of a name was the other. Since I was just painting the garage trim, I put up with the brushes I had. There was nothing really wrong with them. Other than being cheap. The flow off the brush wasn't as good as it would have been with a better brush, but . . .

Well, we have other painting projects. So, I replaced the 3 inch with a Purdy. Nice brush. Pricey, but well worth it.

Reminds me of a story.

Some years back, a friend of mine went shopping for paint supplies. His uncle told him to buy acrylic paint as he thought it made the paint better. Not bad advice. So he drove from across town to this store that carried acrylic latex paint. When it came time to buy a brush I recommended the Purdy. He balked at the $20 price of the brush and went with a no-name cheapy.

I don't know how things turned out for him. I never asked. I thought it was rather dumb to buy the best paint possible and skimp on the brush. Especially since the brush can really make a difference.

Maybe he was just painting the garage.


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of an old joke.

Guy is on a trip and has a nightcap at the hotel bar. As he's drinking it, a hooker comes up and starts chatting. Finally, she says:

"For $200 I'll do anything you want."
"Anything?" He says.
"Anything you want", she says.
He says, "Here's 200 bucks, paint my house."

Jimi5150 said...

$200? Where is this girl?