I am no professional but I have spread a lot of paint. Currently, I am restoring an old K-Framed, steel bench from the late fifties. I am using Rustoleum to paint the frame. I chose Blue Hawk 2" brushes to do the priming and the Aluminum Color from Rustoleum which, as always with gold and silver, is very thin. The blue hawks actually worked pretty good. For the gloss red and white, I selected a Wooster premium brush for all oil based paints and it was a piece of junk. I wouldn't load nor spread right and left a terrible finish. I bought a couple of Purdy XL Elite Dales to continue and WOW are they ever nice. They load and hold excellently and they spread so smoothly and evenly, that they made me look like a pro. I was impressed and think that they are the best brushes I have ever used. Great product you guys!