Select Page

Purdy Monarch Elite Paintbrush Review

Posted May 29, 2023 | Product Review, Tools | 0 comments

The Purdy Monarch Elite Paintbrush is a staple for professional Decorators in the UK, and has been for the last couple of decades. It’s an American made brush, manufactured by Sherwin Williams (who are also the biggest paint manufacturer in the world).

It’s a synthetic paintbrush, used primarily for water-based paint, but it’s equally at home in oil-based satinwood and eggshell. They’re widely available from just about any trade paint outlet. Click here to see online prices.


My Purdy Monarch Elite Paintbrush Review


I’m going to start my review by declaring my love for the Purdy Monarch Elite Paintbrush! There was a time when the only synthetic paintbrush a Decorator would use was a Purdy. Now the market is a little more flooded with various brands, but Purdy is still the industry leader.

I think that’s because the brush performs well in multiple situations. It will cope with materials that drag like contract matt. It’s brilliant for applying thick coats of products like specialist ceiling paints, or vinyl matt to walls. It’s particularly good for applying water-based satinwood and gloss because it holds its shape and doesn’t splay. It even out-performs other paintbrushes for some oil-based paints like pliolite-based masonry paint and oil-based satinwood.


The Purdy Monarch Elite XL has a thick stock, so it holds a fantastic amount of paint. The tip of the bristles form the perfect shape to cut-in when you apply pressure. These two properties together makes it fantastic for striking sharp lines with your paint. Click here to see online prices.


Looking After Your Purdy Monarch Elite Paintbrush


If you look after it, your Purdy Monarch Elite Paintbrush will last a lifetime. In fact, it will get better the more you use it (we call that ‘breaking the brush in,’ in the trade). Looking after it is relatively simple too.

If using water-based paints, you can wash your Purdy out with warm running water (not hot water because that will damage the bristles). I like to work some washing-up liquid into the brush as I’m cleaning it, because the soapy bubbles will help push the paint out.

Oil-based paints are a little bit different. You should use turps or brush cleaner to wash this type of material from your paintbrush. You must dispose of any waste in the proper way, or you risk damaging the environment. I like to put dirty brush cleaner or turps in a sealed container and let the imperfections settle over time. You can then dispose of the sediment and use the liquid again and again.

If your Purdy Monarch Elite is caked in paint, or the paint has gone hard, you can soak them in virosol (available online here). It will dissolve the paint and leave the brush looking mint.

Clean spirit will help when cleaning a brush used for hybrid paints such as Johnstone’s Aqua and Crown Fastflow.


Final Thoughts


There are cheaper brushes than the Purdy Monarch Elite XL, but none I have used which are as good for a wide range of paint products. It’s a great brush with multiple uses and will last for years. I’d highly recommend. Click here to see online prices.

Posted May 29, 2023 | 0 comments

Related articles

Big Wipes Review – A Full Guide

Big Wipes Review – A Full Guide

Professional Decorator Mike Gregory writes a full and honest Big Wipes review after using them at work. This blog is a full guide.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Decorators Forum uk

We are a UK based online community of professional decorators, combined across several online platforms. This site is the hub of everything we do, as well as keeping decorators up to date with all the latest news, events and reviews from within the industry.

Keep me updated

If you’d like us to keep you up to date please sign up for our email alerts.

You will have the option to unsubscribe at any point in the future should you no longer wish to receive communications from us. For more information, please review our privacy policy by clicking here

Follow us

Amazon Associate

The Decorators Forum UK is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases that you make. Please note that there is no additional cost to you if you purchase from Amazon via one of our affiliate links.