Picasso PIC1-2.5 Angular Oval Revisited

So different, you wont know how to act

Almost a year ago, Proform Technologies of Wyoming slapped us in the face with the world’s first angular oval brush, Picasso PIC1-2.5″ . It was stated in our September, 2010 Picasso PIC1-2.5″ review“…designed to be the most advanced brush you can buy today, tomorrow or next year.” We are in the business of moving paint and we could not have been any more true with that statement.

After living with the Picasso for a year, the brush proves to be a top performer no matter what we’re spreading. From thick to thin paints, the Picasso will lay down paint like something you’ve NEVER experienced a brush do before.

For its 2.5″ size, the brushes hold and release is unmatched and often I found the brush carrying a load of paint further than I can reach to distribute it from one location.

The door casing below was cut freehand with the Picasso faster than any previous benchmark recorded utilizing a single pass, definitive cut. Now wait, just imagine this, one load of paint, 7 feet long, in one single non-stop pass. Paint used was BEHR Premium Plus Satin Enamel (reduced by 10 ounces of water to a gallon) over Sherwin Williams Builders Premium Select Flat.

The Picasso is in a group with the Wooster Alpha and Wooster Silver Tip brushes where the productivity capacity of a 3-inch wall brush is accomplished in a 2.5-inch angled form factor. These three brushes are true hybrids which cross the boundaries of requiring two brushes to do the job of the Picasso.






Pushing systems to new heights can be extremely rewarding if all goes right—and everything is right about this brush. Take time to discover the benefits of benchmarking and the variables affecting successful productivity and start tweaking them, one-by-one. The Picasso is an excellent place to start. 

Whether you’re cutting-in an 1/8” reveal or charging both sides to execute a long cut in a corner, the Picasso™ is fully competent and ready to be in any position you need it to be. Slight learning curve if you are used to cutting-in with blunt cut brushes due to a hand chiseled cut in a oval brush head. It took longer than normal to get the brush loaded with paint because of its large capacity. The brush will wear faster vs more traditional style brushes due to its all poly brush head and chiseled cut design.

Move over Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is now also known for producing the worlds’ first angular oval brush!

We would like to hear your comments on the Picasso. Enter your comment below and tell us how using the Picasso increased your productivity.

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30 Responses
  • peter donovan Reply

    I have to agree, in 32 yrs at this biz, these brushes are without a doubt the best. They put good paint over bad in any conditions.Cheers

  • Jim Peterson Reply

    Not only does it hold and release a crazy amount of paint as you have mentioned, but the tip of the brush is where it really shines in a league of its own. Before this brush came along, it seemed like my previous brushes would either excel at getting in tight spots or holding a lot of paint. Now that the picasso is in town, it serves a dual purpose as a production brush/artist brush all in one. I havn’t found a painter yet that didn’t think this brush was the cats meow.

  • Terry365painter Reply

    Wow I love this brush it really .lives up to the name . Picasso
    Just today I was using it to cut with over some cabinets the ceiling mine you, against bright red
    Also knock down texture . Pretty tight cutting with not much room and the HO didn’t have
    The touch up paint for the red . So no room for mistakes .The Picasso makes it easy . You turn me on to the BM 125 which at the time I thought was the best brush I ever used .The picasso is by far the best brush I have ever put to paint .
    Plus it works great with ultra lol
    Thanks jack you have changed the way I paint.

  • Ron Taylor Reply

    As a UK based painter I imported some of the 2.5″ Picassos and Ergonomic brushes on the strength of the reviews on this site.
    I agree with the other findings here, the best brushes I have ever used.
    No matter what acrylic trim or wall paint I use them for I get great results with both application and finish.

  • Tommy Johnson Reply

    Still loving mine. I bought several other proform’s but the 21/2 oval is still the best of the bunch.

  • Laurie Andrews Reply

    Ron kindly sent me one of these to try, it is the best looking and performing brush i have tried – it just keeps on cutting and cutting.

  • Trentcutmaster Reply

    Hands down the best brush I have ever used. I was partial too woosters for years and then I saw this work of art on your site and had too have one. I live in canada and had alot of trouble finding one . But i put it too the test against a purdy moose and it kicked its ass! I would recomend this brush too any painter that relys on their brush too make them money!

  • Tom Scott Reply

    It is the brush that beats all others. It has given me a definite edge in production and quality at the same time. I have been painting since 1965 and found it a real pleasure to use. I would love to see a Forty or a Fifty made of the same material. Thanks Jack for the info that you post on this Website.

  • hj61 Reply

    I tried this brush and loved it! Performed very well and weighs less than the Richard oval 2.5″ However, after the first wash it started to lose bristles and continued to drop bristles like crazy. nSeeing all the comments maybe I should try a different Picasso? Maybe it was a bad lot or something?

  • jime Reply

    Hi, I have used the proform since they came to Montana and no other brush can mop( even coverage through the stroke) on the paint. The brushes do wear out faster and i too have had issues with loosing hairs from the Picasso to the point of returning one. If you can figure in buying more brushes for jobs they work the best….hands down the best if they would last!! Wooster alpha is better if you want a brush to last :)

    • admin Reply

      Jime, You can rate the brush if you like. Hover slowly over the stars under User rating and choose from


      with half-stops on each star.

      Thanks for your comment.

  • DeVuono Reply

    The Picasso is by far the best brush in my bag.

  • Jason Reply

    Hands down the best brush made. Comparable, in some cases cheaper than Purdy or some other top-shelf named brushes, but blows them ALL away. Just buy one and you’ll be sold !!!

  • Joe Reply

    Awesome brushes. Can’t use anything else anymore. I have numberous sizes. But how about cleaning. My bristles seem to shrink over time. And they stiffen up a little too much. Any suggestions?

    • Brian Havanas Reply

      Joe, It is best to clean with a brush comb and hang to dry. Poly wears fast. Pitch the brush when it becomes less effective. I would not dare use one for more than a month. Thats pushing it.

  • TommyMo Reply

    I must say, the Picasso 2.5 oval is the best designed brush I have used. Mine did wear out in about 3 weeks, but when considering the cost of these brushes, I will gladly wear one out every three weeks and buy another and another… My production time improved noticeably….Time Is Money!

  • Tim Reply

    I have been using a 3″ for emulsion wall cutting in, a 2″ bull for oil detail and a 4″ for oil large areas. 3″ oval is most used and cut in so many walls. They are the best brushes man can ever have. I dedicate my each brush for a certain job, never use one brush on a different application than it`s assigned for and I believe it is one of the keys to slow down wearing issue but the main one is the cleaning process. For that my suggestion is; make sure when you clean, never use very hot water, just warm enough and then shake&comb. Finally give cold shower and shake&comb again. If you use hot water, hair inside will curl and you may not notice. Place it in it`s package after dried. Don`t bother cleaning oil job ones, just rag the excess and keep them in usual known container products. Shortly, what I experienced is that the cleaning process is the main job for them to last long.

  • Dan Reply

    Hi Jack,

    I was just wondering about your opinion on the PIC3 beaver-tail line of Proform brushes. I picked up the PIC3 3″ oval-angle sash for a renovation project that’ll be going to paint very soon. Just finishing up mudding and pulling about 2000 old staples.

    • Brian Havanas Reply

      Dan, You will not notice any difference between the PIC1-2.5 and the PIC3 other than handle style. I prefer beaver-tail for cutting ceiling lines. The beaver tail allows me to transition in and out of corners easier without banging a regular style handle on the joining wall. Fits my technique better. I feel your pain on the 2000 staples. You changed per hole right? ha

  • Mark Reply

    Dan there is a significant difference in the Pic1 2.5 and the Pic3 2.5, yes the Pic3 has the beaver tail like most block brushes, but the difference is in the amount of Ferrules, as the Pic3 is its own animal double the amount of Ferrules which means it holds almost double the amount of the Pic 1. Depending on the task I use either one and they are sharp as a tack if properly cleaned, it will last longer but the CT tips will wear out faster then the brush. Preferably clean right after painting using a hose like your watering your lawn the paint comes right out in some cases you can use a wire brush. Also wooster has released the silver tip 5226 semi oval and its a beauty holds a ton of paint harder to clean but the trade off is well worth it, also there’s the new wooster 4243 semi oval Alpha line Micro Tip brushes. They both are top notch brushes that I hope he reviews along with a “3 Excalibur Corona. He cuts really fast like some of the guys that started out 30 years ago when they did not have 9″ rollers they would use 6″ or larger wall brushes, those guys can literally paint as fast as he does one quick pass.

    • Brian Havanas Reply

      Mark. The PIC1 and PIC3 are the same brush-head on different handles. The ferrule is the metal part.

      • Mark Reply

        I’m sorry Brian but I guess we get different Pic1 and Pic3 in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are Kelly moored that are starting to stock these beauties along with BM stores. Few and far between but other hardware stores are only carrying Picasso and Coronas. Ok I use the Pic3 for door casings I’m sorry the ferrule where the FILAMENTS COME OUT IN THE PIC3 THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY. It’s a fact the Pic3 has double the amount of filaments I’m looking at a Pic1 and Pic3 right now, how do I post pictures its very straight forward PIC3 is its own beast twice the FILAMENTS HERE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

        On another note Brian I’m curious to no if you spray Scuff Master? It’s not sold at km BM or sw it’s the strongest paint out there used at hi end commercial jobs, we have 50 guys that’s been spraying for at least 15-25 years yet there’s only 3 of us that spray scuff and your best of Graco 150 Sprayer wouldn’t cut it along with a pressure pot you must run a large air compressor

        We use whats recommended BINKS 2100 with a 63 PB External Mix Air Cap also a 66 SS Fluid Nozzle and 565 Needle along with the 2-gal. pressure pot with pressure gauges. Mind you this isn’t eggshell it’s Scuff Master I have videos and photos of me applying it and as stated above your painting some of the strongest highest end paint in the US.

      • Mark Reply

        I’ve sent Brian videos and photos with a tape measure next to Pic1 and Pic3 it’s not even close double the filaments I have to ask please prove to the contrary it’s impossible as its not even close Pic3 is in a class by it self

  • Brian Havanas Reply

    Let me be clear. There is no difference between the PIC1 and PIC3 besides the handles. The very clear photo I sent Mark is both brushes side by side. They are identical brush heads. Mark I suggest you contact Proform to confirm. I try to keep the information on this site accurate.

  • Brian Havanas Reply

    Here is the official response from Proform:

    The thickness of filament for PIC1-2.5 is 20mm.

    The thickness of filament for PIC3-2.5 is 20.5mm.

    What is not clear at this point is if the two brushes have the same amount of filaments but the plug is slightly larger by .5mm . The measure was performed on the outside of the metal ferrule.

  • Dennis Reply

    I am a finish carpenter/cabinetmaker who also enjoys painting. When I re-painted the interior trim of my house which consisted of a lot of crown moulding, I tried both the Corona cortez and Gen-X by Elder & Jenks(both excellent brushes). I then stumbled upon the Picasso at the paint store and decided to give it a try. I am very fussy about my work. I think the Picasso delivered the best finish and I enjoyed the feel of the brush as well. Looking forward to trying the 2.5 beaver tail as well.

  • Rob Taylor Reply

    Hi guys just purchased some Picasso’s mainly for emulsion work but how do they perform with todays water based acrylics and satins. Also are they at home in thicker oil based glosses??
    Also got my self some silver tips
    Regarding caring for my carrot tops what’s the best way of cleaning with various paint mediums. Is there anything I should do prior to coating up for the 1st time

    • Adrian Reply

      Today I compared a Picasso pic1-2.5 to an Wooster Alpha 4231 2.5 angled sash. I was using BM Satin Impervo (oil based) on wainscoting. Both brushes left an equally comparable finish, but the paint released much easier from the Wooster. I finished the job with the Wooster.

  • diva haase Reply

    Other than the fact that this brush is so gosh darn beautiful, the way it holds paint is just exceptional.
    From the way it cuts into the most narrow corners & trim lines, to the way it smoothes out the paint with almost nary a line- is just plain exciting!
    As a stager/designer; I do almost all of the paint jobs myself because I truly love painting, and this brush has just blown me away.
    I’ve always used Purdy & Wooster angled brushes, but will no more.
    The weirdest part is that I am stunned at how I didn’t know it existed until now.
    A friend walked in with the 2.0 for me to try on an unpainted wood front door & it was simply a pleasure to use.
    Funnily enough the color used was Ben Moore’s “Buttered yam” exterior soft gloss & it matched the color of the bristles perfectly!
    Feels like a sable artist or cosmetic brush, just wonderful in every way.

  • Stefano Reply

    WoW, after reading all the reviews….I must check these out for myself. Will let ya guys know our results.

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