Hamilton For The Trade Paintbrush review

Updated Jun 13, 2024 | Posted Sep 9, 2022 | Product Reviews, Tools | 1 comment

Hamilton have been around for years! In fact, every single old-school decorator I know has used, or still uses a Hamilton pure bristle brushes for any oil-based paint.

It’s bread and butter for the industry. But Hamilton isn’t just an old-school brand. They’ve never stopped developing and evolving their tools.

As a professional decorator and seasoned blogger for the Decorators Forum UK, I was intrigued by the news of their Contractor Range. This range of tools was developed to be a slightly cheaper option, but still trade quality.

I think Hamilton primarily envisioned these tools being used by builders, labourers, and handymen, but professional decorators like me have absolutely lapped them up.


Hamilton For The Trade Paintbrush review


Right, I’m here to review the “For The Trade” paintbrush. You can pick them up online by clicking here, or places like Tool Station in various sizes. To say they’re cheap would be an understatement, even the 3” is under a fiver.

They consist of a robust wooden handle which is comfortable to hold, medium length synthetic bristles, and a tight ferrule. The bristles are soft, but because they’re not too long, paint doesn’t drag while you’re using it.


You do experience a little bit of bristle loss, but nothing major. They don’t last long either, so you may only get a few uses out of them. These paintbrushes are comfortable, hold plenty of paint, will cut a sharp line, and wash out easily. Everything you could want from a paintbrush that costs less that a fiver!

I’ve only used Hamilton For The Trade paintbrushes in water-based paints so far, including emulsion and WRX satinwood, but I’d highly recommend them. I genuinely do not know how Hamilton are producing brushes like this for the price they are doing, but fair play.

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Review Summary

Updated Jun 13, 2024 | Posted Sep 9, 2022 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Gregory is a Professional Painter and Decorator who works in the Northwest of England. He mainly sub-contracts for large decorating firms and works on a wide variety of projects.
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1 Comment

  1. Richard Mcdougall

    For the money these are fantastic brushes an absolute dream to cut in with nice short and easy controlled.
    Very underated.


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