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Do you provide brushes and rollers to your crew? If so how many do you give out and over what period of time?

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Yep, but only for the newbies. 2 complete set-ups, but after that, they are on their own. I figure guys making journeyman wages can afford their own hand tools, plus most with experience like a particular type/brand, especially with brushes. I do supply the covers though.

In fact, attached is a list of what my painters are expected to tote to jobs. Anything with a * next to it, they are responsible for.
 

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I'm no painter but I can't believe this is a question. Maybe I am ignorant to the fact because I am not a painter but I would epxcept if I were a painter that my brushes and rollers would be provided for me.

Reason? They are disposable. I provide all disposable items like knife blades to my employees. I feel it is my duty. Tools like hammers and snips, even tool belts, which a painter probably wouldn't use I expect the employee to provide for themselves.
 

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Grumpy. Paint brushes can last a long time if they are taken care of. On the other hand you can go through one a day if your not careful. That is why most painters are required to bring their own.

PWG... GREAT LIST. Thanks a lot!

Anyone else?
 

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Ok I assumed Nathan meant roller meaning the actual roller brush, which you are calling a cover. It's obvious I am no painter because I dispose my brushes after every job. I know they can be washed but I paint so seldom that it's not worth it.
 

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Yea, I throw away covers all the time because they take too long to clean and they never come out right when I clean them. But I've had my purdy brush for about 6 months now and it only takes about 3 minutes to clean. Good as new!
 

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Fairly cheap actually. It cost me $50 for the set-up, and I think it was $3.50 per drop to be silk screened. I took them to a mom and pop t-shirt shop. They do mostly sports jerseys, embroidery, and high school uniforms. I've been complimented on the drops a couple times, and it allows no other trade to be able to walk away with one of ours.
 

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pwg if you wrap your roller sleeve with tape a couple of times with 2 inch tape,when new, then unpeel the tape, it will take all the lint off the roller pad also... no lint!
 

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Again, I'm no professional painter (and I've said this before) but I swear by my brush/roller cover spinner. My first one lasted 10+ yrs. and it's the best $30 I ever spent for painting related supplies.

It woud be your call as to whether or not you supplied it but aside from extending the life of brusshes and roller covers I find it a big time saver for brushes when you have to switch colours/clean up.
 

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3" latex
3" oil
2.5" latex
2.5" oil
4" latex
broad knife
putty knife
caulk gun
bucket hook
This is the set up list for new hires. I replace brushes when they turn in the old brush. I dont replace any of the other items. Ive never really bought into painters supplying their own brushes. I pay my guys well, but figure they can probably use that money for something like grocerys,mortage,braces,etc...

I have found that a good brush (Purdy) can last for a good 8 months of heavy use. I do keep a handle on waste though. If I see someones latex brush bakeing in the sun I call them to the carpet on it.
 

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How long will a brush last? I have some of my great-grandfather's varnish brushes that see semi-regular use, others belonged to my father and date back 60 yrs. at least. Many of MY brushes go back to the 60's, varnish and paint. Treated and used properly, I don't think that you can wear out a brush in your lifetime.
In production, I find that most guys prefer Purdy for paint. The cabinet guys are all over the place, they prefer European brushes.
All that I care about is results and the numbers say that we all do excellent work.
 

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DecksEtc said:
...I swear by my brush/roller cover spinner. My first one lasted 10+ yrs. and it's the best $30 I ever spent for painting related supplies.
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Teetorbilt said:
How long will a brush last?
I have a Corona that's over 10 years old
It's a little splayed, but I still use it for priming
 
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