Proform Technologies Picasso PIC1-2.5 Angular Oval Brush

BRAND SPANKIN NEW and designed to be the most advanced brush you can buy today, tomorrow or next year.

When we introduced our new brush benchmarks two months ago, we thought it might be at least six months before new review brushes spanked the bejesus out of them. Unfortunately for us, Proform Technologies couldn’t wait that long and quickly shoved the Picasso™ in our faces.

The Picasso™ is the worlds’ first and only angular oval brush. The Wyoming based company has unleashed a paint brush so damned advanced that we’re wondering if our new benchmarks aren’t already obsolete.

 What could you expect from a brush named Picasso™ that’s equipped with proprietary SRT, Advantage PBT™ filaments much more durable than standard PBT filaments and cuts and cleans perfectly? For starters, this brush has ‘copy me – I dare you’ written all over it. Further featuring “HARDLINE™” construction, an advanced, patent pending interior design that permanently marries the handle to the ferrule making it the toughest, longest lasting brush possible. With HARDLINE™ you get a NO DRIP after cleaning feature eliminating the area where paint, cleaners and water collect which often runs down the handle when a brush is upside down. This redundant epoxy system ensures permanent bonding of the filaments and additional epoxy to hold the handle securely to the ferrule providing the ultimate strength and seal where it matters most.

 The fit and finish of the Picasso™ really shines when you first experience the acid dipped tipping and fine hand chiseled finish. The filaments respond immediately to slight movements and despite its size – you can put this brush in places you never thought possible with your current brush.

 This brush has “I’m not your average brush written all over it” –and I’m not your average painter. The features keep coming… The raw beechwood handle is a cross-hybrid style between several common brush handles offering nice finger and thumb impression points and a more rounded-off design which is slightly less bulky to hold vs. standard brush handles. Your ring and pinky finger will fit more naturally on the oval-rounded ferrule as you guide accurate cuts. Further attention to detail is seen with the hole size for hanging the brush to dry and its ink’d on both sides! Talk about attention to detail.

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CONCLUSION

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, 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!

AVAILABILITY

Head over to www.proformtech.com and use the Dealer Locator.

¤ advantage PBT™ (polybutylene terephthalate) filaments is a polyester variation

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13 Responses
  • Jim Peterson Reply

    I am currently using the benny moore 65130 (three inch angle) as My go to brush. I was curious how similar this brush is compared to the 65125. I’ve tried many of the other brushes on this site that I could find in paint stores and the benny moore seems to be taylor made for Me. The picasso looks very interesting and I’m thinking about trying one real soon. Thanks for all the tips and techniques You give on this site. I don’t care what They say about You on those paint forums, Your input is greatly appreciated by many.

    • jackpauhl Reply

      Hello Jim. Thank you for the kind words. If it wasn’t for regular nice comments like yours, I might rethink what my forum fans say.

      The Picasso will be perfect for you if you like the 65125. The PIC1-2.5 is the closest brush I’ve seen to the the 65125. The main difference you will notice is the Picasso tends to be a tad firmer and fuller.

      The Picasso has a hand chiseled shape at the tips while the 65125 is chiseled by design in various filament lengths and placement but its blunt cut. So the two brushes require different approach to cutting. The 65125 can be cut with the handle point straight back at you but the Picasso will have you cutting with the handle slightly angled off to the side of you. This might be a slight learning curve but shouldn’t be anything to keep you from getting the hang of it. I might make that sound more complicated than it is.

      The Picasso will take longer to load and its performance is only seen when its fully loaded. Give it time in the paint. The Picasso is every bit as sharp as the 65125 and you can cut in a 1/16″ reveal with it. Ive done it flawlessly. Its a sharp brush with a nice footprint on the wall. The Picasso releases paint better than the 65125 and you’ll notice how fast it cleans up too. Let me know what you think.

      Jack

  • Ryan Jordan Reply

    WOW!
    I picked up this brush over the weekend, after a coworker used my cut brush to spread adhesive and left it to petrify… But I digress, the feel of this brush while cutting in is pure bliss! Holds a ton of paint and releases beautifully. I was able to cut in a master bedroom with multiple windows, crown molding and trim in under twenty minutes,never done that before.
    Great site! Great reviews. Keep em comin!

  • Jim Peterson Reply

    Just an update. I ordered a picasso awhile back and was finally able to baptize it into the cuttin’ can today. I normally don’t disagree with you, but in this case I would have to switch ratings with the silver tip. Not only does the picasso hold lots of paint and releases it flawlessly, it doesn’t have a ‘knobby’ tip that can’t get into tight places. Your right about the load time however. The only criticism I have thus far. It reminds me of a chinex brush when it comes time for clean up. I didn’t even have to break out the wire brush (havn’t tried the paint strainer yet) at the end of the day. Move over ben moore 65130 cause the oval orange is the new go to brush.

  • Joe Ayala Reply

    Picasso is my new favorite brush. I have used Purdy for over 10 years but after trying the Picasso I was very impressed with its style and flawless cutting, easy clean up. I intend to stain and poly the handle so it look like new each use.

  • Archer Reply

    I pick up a Picasso yesterday from thepaintstore, it is springy, and swingeing, leave pretty brush mark on bare dry wall, ( I use ICI/DULUX water based undercoat). It is a good brush, good looking, and good feeling, but I personally think it take people several times to get use to its springy, when you strock the Picasson on the wall, the bristle not stick on the wall nor squaze the paint out, but bend dramatically.
    I use 3″ flat.

    capacity is ok, less than Alpha 3″ flat, but more than alpha 2.5. I think alpha 3″ flat hold too much paint, super brush!

    feel very smooth to use it.

    thanks, great painter Jack

    • jackpauhl Reply

      Archer, The Picasso is like no other brush on the market. It is a 100% polyester brush, poly is added to most every other brush to add “stiffness” to a brush. It will take a slight learning curve because many brushes on the market today require a certain degree of pressure to make them work effectively. The Picasso requires less pressure and is finely tipped to produce brushless-like finishes.

      Prior to the Picasso and Alpha, which brush were you using?

  • Archer Reply

    Before I use Alpha and Picasso, I use purdy XL 3″ SWAN for arylic and latex, and purdy XL 2.5 for oil, the XL 2.5 works well and popular for oil, but the XL 3″ swan is a little bit soft for arylic, hard to curve a line unless get use to it, however, XL 3″ is good for spread paint, holding a ton of paint, work very well for outside rough surface, and for ceiling corners painting. But soooo disappionted on CLEARCUT purdy.

  • MAK Reply

    I am getting some of these this week and will be trying them, will report back on my opinion on them. Currently using Wooster’s extra firms the majority of the time.

  • WdW1 Reply

    Hi Jack Pauhl I have been testing and reviewing tools and products for 11 years. Most of that was stealth behind closed doors. I am currently working with 75 brands and have been testing the PICASSO for quite some time.
    it’s an amazing Brush really worthy of its great name has to be the brush of the decade!!
    Gives me the sharpest, quickest cutting lines ever
    Rgds
    WdW1

  • Damon Reply

    The Picasso’s are my favorite though I have had a few that will let go of a lot of bristles. I was cleaning a brush in a clients sink recently and it was embarrassing how many bristles were coming out. I had to scoop them all out at the end of the session. I may pick up another Wooster Alpha so I can compare and contrast. Those were my favs before the orange bristles came along. Congrats on your new adventure into guides!

  • Craig Reply

    Hi,
    I’ve been using Vintage Pro’s by Simms for years. They have many of the same features as this Picasso. They even brought out an oval one this year I’m about to try. Same chiseled ends, same no drip ferrule, these brushes have lasted me 10-12 years of everyday use. What is the bristle count on the Picasso? The vintage pro holds 3times as much paint as a Ben Moore 3″ angle sash. Cuts a much sharper line and cleans up in half the time AND cleans completely. Even down inside the ferrule. What is the difference with the Picasso?

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