Green Toad Pivoting Paint Brush
Redesigning the paint brush is an ambitious project. It's sort of like coming up with a new design for the steering wheel. When the original look is so ingrained in the way we do things, how do you present a new idea and not come off looking like a crazy person screaming at the sun? Green Toad's advantage is that holding a paintbrush for more than an hour usually involves muscle cramping and an unnatural-looking frozen hook hand.
The system is based around a pistol grip handle. Add to that a variety of different brush sizes or roller heads that fit the handle with a rotating stem piece and you've got the gist of the whole thing.
What do we think? Well, we're not sure. It actually looks to us like it would be pretty awkward to use, or it would at the very least take some serious 'gettin' used to.' Availability could be an issue as well. Even though we try our best to preserve our paintbrushes, sometimes it gets so late and we get so lazy that we end up just throwing them out. Our guess is that we wouldn't be able to hop out to the local hardware store to pick up another Green Toad brush.
Getting going with the Green Toad System is going to cost anywhere from $5 to $40 depending on how many brush/roller heads you want.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 18, 2010 5:30 AM
Yeah, I agree. That's really the proper way to hold a brush and when done right, the uncomfortable aspect of it goes away after a few sessions. The Toad system doesn't seem to allow for that kind of 'choking up' on the brush, which, like you say, lends itself to greater control.
Although I understand the cramping (just finished painting my house top to bottom), I don't think this is the solution, at least for me. The reason is simple: I control the brush best when gripping the metal part just behind the bristles, kind of like a pencil. With this system anyone who grips there misses the benefit entirely, you just have an even longer handle that you're not using.