For any DIY spree you need a good set of brushes, a roller, some common sense and a backup plan if it all goes hideously wrong. I only have the first two.
These brushes are of excellent quality and cost around £5 (£5.49 at screwfix, but are cheaper on eBay, even the brand new ones) so they're excellent value for money as well.
The build quality is impeccable compared to the B&Q or Home base ones. The bristles feel like bristles and not like thin straw, they don't fall out or snap easily or get any deformities. Out of the packet they are dead straight and through general use, it's not easy to bend them. I have only had a couple fall out since I started using them. That was 3 years ago by the way, and none have snapped or broken.
When painting these give a lovely spread, the bristles work well with the paint in some smaller crevices, you can flex them and move them freely without any stiffness or protest from the brushes. Paint applies very well and I get a good coverage when painting the coving.
The handles feel fantastic, rock solid and there's no give whatsoever. They're easy to hold and use and I don't get ache in my hand from using them.
There's also a bit of metal at the base of the bristles which is extremely robust and hasn't dented or become scratched since I've been using them. Smacking this metal base won't dent them, and dropping them does no harm to any of the brush. Some top quality brushes so far.
Washing up is just a pain with any brush and these are no different. They have a lot of bristles and because they're so thick on the larger brushes, it does take a good deal of effort to get them completely clean.
Paint often runs out on the second wash even after being cleaned properly the first time and this must be something to do with the paint getting caught at the base, right in the middle of the brush. I have to really dig into the base to scrub, and this is quite a difficult thing to do, especially with large fingers.
Using these for walls, coving or the shed has been a pleasure, they're a lot better built that the cheap ones with rubbish bristles. I'd highly recommend these over any DIY superstore own brand ones. 3 years and they're all still absolutely fine, if anything they show some battle scars caused by me and my manhandling but just a couple bristles have escaped. Highly recommended.
No Nonsense Paintbrush Set
I hardly lost any bristles from these brushes to my surprise as they were fairly cheap.
You don't have to spend huge amounts of money, however, in the long term the more expensive brushes will still be going strong after years (as long as they are cleaned out properly after each use) . As I keep mine for my work, it does get costly after a while to keep buying brushes and throwing them away after a few uses. But saying this, these brushes seem to be lasting quite a long time. I have had them now for a few months. I use a couple of them on and off for around 8 hours a week for staining and oil based paints and store them in water over night.
The others I use for water based paints and they seem to be wearing down a little faster as I clean them out after every use. Some brushes unlike these, splay out after a couple of uses. These seemed to stay quite rigid, which is a good thing as it is better for cutting the paint around the edges of walls etc. Another problem with some cheaper brushes is that after cleaning them with water or white spirit you get the water or thinners trapped in the ferrule (the metal bit of the brush that holds in the bristles). This was the case I found with these but this wasn't a major problem as the overall usage was pretty good.
These brushes come in a few sizes they are; ½", 1", 1 ½", 2" and 2 ½". They are all useful sizes the smaller.
Over all an excellent brush with great decorating results.
Summary: Great professional and diy set of brushes for stain, varnish, paint and emulsion.
I bought these off eBay for £7.99 but I think you can buy them in screw fix for £4.99 and possibly diy stores and Amazon.
I have no idea who manufactures the No Nonsense brand but who ever they are, they seem to have hit on quite a successful formula. Their product mantra appears to be very simple; a relatively small range of, popular and straightforward basic trade / DIY products, which come with no frills, are of a decent quality and which do exactly what they say they do. I seem to find that the range is mainly stocked by Screwfix, but have also seen some parts of the range for sale at B and Q as well.
No nonsense five piece paint brush set.
A straightforward clear plastic package containing five Synthetic bristle paintbrushes for £2.40. The brush sizes are; ½", 1", 1 ½", 2", and finally the biggest at 2 ½".
So to the brushes themselves, which are totally conventional in look and style. The handles are made of some sort of Black plastic as opposed to wood and, as previously stated, the Bristles are made of some sort of synthetic material as opposed to hair. The bristles are well fixed to the handle by the use of a conventional socket which is nailed, by the use of four pins to said handle.
Clearly, the brushes are manufactured down to a price - well they have to be at £2.40 for the set don't they. But if all you are looking for are some cheap and cheerful brushes to do a quick job of work and then leave on the shelf for maybe another go in a month or six, or just throw away after use, then I reckon these are the business. If you are using brushes on a day to day basis then I really don't think these are for you, they just aren't good enough for that sort of hammer.
I have used them for Internal and External priming, undercoating and top coating on both wood and metal, with excellent results, not quite so good for top coating on Wood, but perfectly acceptable results all the same. The one thing to remember about this particular comment though is that the quality of the paint is also very important to the final finish. They do have a slight tendency to drop the odd bristle into the work, but as long as you keep your eyes open and remove it straightaway then it's not really a problem. All brushes do this anyway but it's just the frequency of this which makes it worth mentioning. They clean up quite well after use, but as with all brushes there is a tendency to pool paint at the base of the bristles. This can be a real pain if you have paid a lot of money for good brushes and end up throwing them away after a couple of uses, not so bad if you have only paid 50p each for them as you do here.
I must be honest and say that I do really only use them for basic painting and the odd messy task where I can use them once and then just throw them away, but that is just personal choice. For quality internal work I still use proper brushes but would not be afraid to use No nonsense brushes if that's all I had...
No nonsense brushes are cheap in price but not necessarily in quality. For the money you are unlikely to buy better. If all you need is throw away item that works well then these are they.