Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle Paint Brush Review

Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle Paint Brush Review

By Mike Gregory


Hamilton decorating tools have a great reputation in the industry for innovation, development and rigorous testing of new products as they bring them to market. However, today I’m going to talk about one of their “old school” products. This is my Hamilton Perfection pure bristle paint brush review; I hope you find it useful.


Hamilton is one of, if not THE brand leader when it comes to decorating tools for the professional decorator. As such, you can pretty much buy their products at any trade outlet. I tend to buy mine online and by the box, as you can often find better prices. Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle brushes are available in various sizes, but I’ve always found the 1.5 and 2 inch to be the most useful.


Why do I Call Hamilton Perfection Old-School?


I stand by what I said, Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle are the most old-school brushes on the market. They’re best suited for oil-based paints such as gloss or undercoat. In fact, they’re absolutely superb in oil-based gloss, which unfortunately, is a product becoming less popular amongst homeowners.


You see, Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle are one of the only brushes which you can use in oil-based gloss paints and not have to worry about the bristles sticking together. They hold loads of paint too!! Plus, they stand up to being cleaned and they respond well to brush conditioner. On top of all that, they’re designed to cope with the solvents in this type of product, so you can be confident the brush will last.


I’m going to go a step further than saying “they’ll last”. A more accurate statement would be to say they get better with time. A new Hamilton Pure Bristle brush may be perfect for painting doors or fascia boards, but a “broken in” Hammy (Hamilton) is so much more!! The shape is sublime, and it becomes the perfect “cutter”. Especially for sticky materials such as the previously mentioned oil-based gloss. We’re talking about something special here, and it’s probably something the younger generation of decorators may never experience. Pure magic!


Is the Hamilton Perfection a Thing of the Past?


Well no, not for me. Hamilton and other manufacturers are always developing new brushes which are better suited for modern water-based paints. However, while oil-based are still in circulation, the Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle will always be available to apply the stuff. One thing that is changing is the need for a “broken in” Hamilton to use as a cutter. Now-a-days there are an array of new brushes which are up to the task straight from the shelf.


Sometime in the distant future, oil-based gloss, along with diesel cars, will be a thing of the past. Then, and only then, we might see the demise of the beloved Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle paint brush, that will be a sad day for the industry, but we’ll need to wait and see.


One thing that is for certain, these brushes have had a massive role to play in the industry. The phrase “dogs cock” may be forgotten, but there were several whole generations of decorators who used and loved their Hamilton Pure Bristle, and no namby pamby water-based satinwood will ever erase that.

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Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle Paint Brush Review