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  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: Ontario Canada
Paintbrush sizes ?
Posted by pppmario on Friday, May 25, 2018 11:08 PM

Is this a funny question, or just in the category that Captain Obvious would answer?

I am looking for a small brush, (Really? sarcasm) what  the frak is it with the numbers?

5/0  20/0  10/0?

i looked at 2 different 20/0 and here is where the confusion really got to me 

One of the brissle lenghts was about 15mm long and 1 was 7mm long. So 20/0 isn't the lenght but "width" i guess. 

Now many, many years ago a friend painted RPG figurines and i swear his brush was 1/10th of a birds eyelash in width. What number would his be?

He was able to paint eyes in the slit of a visor. His skill was and i hope still is insane.  

I am just about ready to crazy glue a cat's wisker on a chopstick to use. What number would that be ?

Any help out there?

 

Masters, this Padawan need guidance.

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  • Member since
    October, 2010
Posted by hypertex on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:04 AM

Brush sizes are non-standard among different brands and have no reference to physical dimensions. The type of brush also adds to confusion. A size 0 Round brush will be larger than a size 0 Spotter, etc.

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: Ontario Canada
Posted by pppmario on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 8:44 PM

hypertex

Brush sizes are non-standard among different brands and have no reference to physical dimensions. The type of brush also adds to confusion. A size 0 Round brush will be larger than a size 0 Spotter, etc.

 

 

So Just like the Grit on sandpaper, varies from one compagny to another

 

 

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  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:24 PM

As I'm sure you already know the higher the number the smaller the brush like wire gages Confused, but a 10/0 does seem to be slightly diffrent between manufactures. Years ago I would buy a 10/0 and I swear the thing had 2 hairs, now I have to look at all of them at the store to see which one is the smallest. I have several "10/0" in my brush stash and each one of them is diffrent. Some of them I re-gaged I.E. trimed myself.

However, like anything else, you get what you pay for.

Steve

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  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, June 02, 2018 6:27 AM

I don’t sweat the “must have” brush sizes. I have a variety of them and use them depending on what I need it for.

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