Purdy says its new XL Elite brush makes it easier to produce a high-quality finish with a low-VOC paint. The bristles — a blend of DuPont Chinex and Orel polyester filaments — are stiffer and hold their shape longer with thick, fast-drying coatings than competing products, the company says. The brush comes in nine sizes and shapes and costs $9.50 to $13.50.

Purdy Corp., 800/547-0780, purdy.com.

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