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buying brushes online? W&N series 7 quality?

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  • Member since
    October 2019
buying brushes online? W&N series 7 quality?
Posted by phil172 on Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:58 PM

I'm in need of a couple of new brushes.  I have always bought brushes that I could examine and for now that's not possible.

So, anyone here buy brushes online?  Any tips?


While I'm at it, I have been using W&N series 7 brushes for a long, long time, but the ones I've bought over the last 5 or so years have not held up as well as in the past.  Anyone else have a similar experience?  Have you found an alternate?





  • Member since
    October 2010
Posted by hypertex on Monday, April 6, 2020 8:11 AM

Yeah, I have had the same experience (although I have not been using them as long as you have). I have also read the same thing on other forums.

My alternative is to use a good quality synthetic for most painting, such as base coating, blocking, etc. My synthetic of choice are Raphael Kaerells. They are half the price of Series 7s. My Series 7s are reserved for tiniest detail.

You could also try Isabey sable brushes. They seem to hold together pretty well.

By the way, I don't buy brushes online.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, April 6, 2020 8:23 AM

What a great question.

I've always relied on look/touch/feel shopping to buy brushes too. I guess most of us are in the same boat for now, so I'm most interested in what others have to say.

Oddly, I was perusing a brush acquisition a couple of hours ago, interesting timing to see this thread.


  • Member since
    October 2019
Posted by phil172 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:39 PM

I like this guy's painting quite a bit and he has a video on buying paint and brushes and just asserts he buys his online without any special qualification, so perhaps it's ok to just do that....



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