Studio Mailbox is experiencing foam brush hell. The Germans who are renowned for being excellent environmentalists do not seem to have multi-packs of disposable wood-handled foam brushes as I know and love them.
Instead, it seems to be a "system" approach where the foam portion is replaceable and a plastic handle is retained after use.
My initial response was; "Cool...what a great way to save the planet." And I bought a couple of different sized plastic handles and their respective foam replacement parts.
Then I went home and tried to use my new Lux Tool.
Everything seemed to be going along just fine until I had to change out a sponge. Because the plastic isn't perfectly smooth and because sponges by nature are holey, the odds for a Nascar-style pit stop are pretty unlikely. Don't forget your hands are full of paint from yanking off the old one that's worn out. You pull and tug and try to get it on straight and pray that you don't tear it or stab through it's side. The only thing I can think of as a comparison is maybe trying to put a pair of nylons on a prickly-pear cactus.
The second catch (no pun intended) is that anytime you're dealing with a two-part system, BOTH parts need to be available in order for it to be a useful tool! If your local home improvement store decides not to restock the sponge replacements, you're pretty much left with a useless plastic handle. Of course the store probably has sponges, but not the size you need. What do you do... do you buy another plastic handle to accomodate the sponges that actually are in stock? Will the insanity ever end???
The lady at the hardware store actually knows me now. Last time she said, "Oh, it's only you." There really wasn't anything to discuss about the empty racks where sponges were supposed to be.
Yep. Just me. Scheming about what the heck to do wtih empty plastic brush handles.