Purdy had its beginning in a converted 2 car garage in Portland, Oregon with 5 employees in 1925. Founder, S. Desmond Purdy believed that handcrafting the finest painting tools may take a little longer but was the only way to “build in” superior coverage and performance. It is this commitment to quality that is the foundation on which professionals rely on and is the driving force behind each Purdy brush, roller, and tool that has our name on it.

We have built an extensive product line of tools by carefully listening to the needs of professional painters. Through time there have been changes in coatings, changes in how the job is done, and the day to day needs of the pro. But, the one thing that has not, is our commitment to give you the best tools for the job, and we will continue today in the same tradition Mr. Purdy started over 85 years ago.

Our Commitment to Quality

Moreover, our brushes are created by hand, personally and individually. Every brush you buy has a sticker with the initials of the person who made it. No other paint brush manufacturer can say that.  For over 80 years, 100% of our brushes have been handcrafted by skilled Purdy brushmakers. Many of Purdy’s brushmakers have more than three decades of experience, taking the finest raw materials and turning them into the finest brushes available and products of uncompromising quality!

Delivering Unparalleled Service and Support

Whether you are a professional painter or a do-it-yourselfer, Purdy wants you to have an “Exceptional Painting Experience” so we provide detailed information about our products and how to use them via our website, articles in trade and do-it-yourself publications, catalogs, packaging, merchandising, and our Paint Doctor to help find the right tools.


Superior Craftsmanship

Each Purdy® professional brush is an individually built tool, designed, formulated, blended and hand-crafted for maximum painting performance.

Only the finest raw materials are used, without exception. From formulation to production, each step in our production process represents a standard for hand craftsmanship and quality unmatched in the industry. As a result, professionals rely on Purdy® tools for:

  • Outstanding Finish Appearance
  • Proven Durability
  • Excellent Paint Distribution
  • Better Overall Coverage With Less Effort
  • Greater Efficiency in Production
  • Smoother “No Drag” Brush Strokes
  • “Cutting-in” Capability
  • Superb Paint Lifting Capacity

For today’s professional painter, nothing can match the day-in, day-out performance of Purdy® high quality paint applicators.


The Craftsmanship of the Purdy Brush

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The art of brushmaking has always been at the very heart of the Purdy success story. Purdy brushes are hand-made without compromise, in much the same way they were over 85 years ago. The same principles and dedication to quality has laid the foundation on which other categories have been developed through time. This is because Pro’s demand quality, durability and performance and Purdy delivers each and every time.

Brushmaking is serious business to Purdy that is why these tools are still made by hand to this day. Many of Purdy’s brushmakers have two to three decades of service – some even over 30 years. But, before someone is trusted to craft brushes on their own, they go through extensive training for two full years by their peers. Purdy has a strict code of standards that have been handed down from one generation to the next since 1925. Professional painters have come to rely on this standard to make their living and we do not take this for granted.

Purdy brushmakers must also adopt the Purdy business ethic that all quality expectations must be met in every brush. If there is anything at all wrong, no matter how small, the brush never reaches the marketplace.

Each Purdy brush is “signed” by the person who made it. This is done by a personalized sticker with the brush-maker’s name/ signature. This is a mark of pride in a job well done. Purdy wants professional painters to know the tool in their hand was made to the highest level of quality by someone who cares as much as they do when it comes to putting their reputation on the line.