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What paintbrush brand is recommended for a beginner?

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  • Member since
    February, 2017
What paintbrush brand is recommended for a beginner?
Posted by Valleyofvallejo on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:15 AM

I want to get an adequate set of paintbrushes for the job. I've heard that acrylic paints go best with synthetic brushes. I'm currently considering the Tamiya brush HF set or the basic set. Which would be a better value?

If you can recommend a good synthetic brush brand, please do so. 

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:04 AM

I don't think brands are that important unless you are a really experienced brush painter. 

The thing about acrylics is that you can use synthetics.  With enamels you have to be careful.  Paint thinner, and especially lacquer thinner, can damage some synthetic brushes, especially when cleaning.

These days the craft stores sell some very good paint brushes for very reasonable prices, especially in those sets/packages of four or five brushes of different sizes.  If it is a big store, like a Michaels or a Hobby Lobby, I shop in the crafts area rather than the oil painting area.  Some pretty expensive brushes in the oil painting area.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:06 AM

I don't have a particular brand but I like using red sable brushes in variety of sizes.

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Posted by ardvark002 on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:43 AM
Unfortunely it's getting hard to get sable brushes, as the sable is on endangered lists in most countries where they live. I'm not positive, but I have heard that they ban from import into the USA. anyone have any info on this? Aardvark
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Posted by ugamodels on Friday, May 12, 2017 9:59 PM

I got ones listed as red sable from Amazon. Of course I have no idea if they are real.

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Friday, May 12, 2017 11:34 PM

Unfortunely it's getting hard to get sable brushes, as the sable is on endangered lists in most countries where they live. I'm not positive, but I have heard that they ban from import into the USA. anyone have any info on this? Aardvark


Red sable brushes are not made from actual sables (a member of the Marten family), but rather from hairs taken from the tail of a kolinsky (member of the weasel family), which are bred and raised for the purpose. The traditional "formula" for brushes is a 60/40 ratio of male to female hairs.

While the kolinsky is not listed as endangered, producers all around the world have been criticized for the conditions in which the animals are kept. Starting in 2013, state and federal agencies here in the US (including the Fish & Game Department here in Montana) began seizing imports of red sable because of trade and  treaty clauses governing the import of foreign species, in part due to animal activists. You can still get them, but the price now reflects the circumstances, so expect to drop a pretty penny for them.

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, May 13, 2017 4:56 PM

I have sometimes had problems with synthetic brushes falling apart at the most critical time in painting.I usually have 2 or 3 different thinners out and dipping into the wrong one will dissolve the bristles and / or the glue holding them to the handle.

I mostly use Camel hair brushes. 

And I do have a few sabel brushes

Make sure to get wood handle brushes. Hobby Lobby has cheeper brushes in the Art isle.

The model isle has a few of the same brushes ... at a higher price.  Why I will never know.

Some brushes have bigger handles. These dont hurt my hand so much when I'm painting for an extended period, but I do use the regular handles too.

I also like to have a few of the "bent tip" brushes on hand. Its easy to get into tight spaces and still see what your doing.


 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




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    July, 2013
Posted by modelmaker66 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:13 PM

I think Golden Taklon brushes from hobby lobby are fine for modeling. Works fine with lacqer. keep shape, come clean, not expensive. It's only models, not high art.

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    January, 2017
Posted by ecotec83 on Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:57 PM

Use a variety of brushes myself depending on what im doing. Have a dollar store pack of 20 brushes with various bristles, several oil and acrylic brushes, acid brushes and soft make-up brushes. My favorites are taklon or softer synthetic fibers that tend to not leave brush marks in Tamiya acrylics. 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:20 AM

Hi ;

 I find that synthetic brushes don't do the job for me . I will spend mucho dinero for one brush of high quality in red sable or other natural fibres .Why ? well some of my real good brushes are over ten to twelve years old , and some are older and they still do an excellent job .

   My synthetic brushes have all been replaced within one or two years . Besides I can't train ( shape , the synthetic brushes ) like I do the natural bristles . Gosh ! I have some liner brushes that are now going on more than ten years in age . T.B.


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