A paint brush is a special type of item that can be used to change the colour of a Neopet or Petpet. The first paint brushes were released on May 9, 2000. Within the Neopets community, the act of using a paint brush is called "painting". The colour that a Neopet or Petpet becomes after painting depends on which paint brush is used. For example, a Blue Paint Brush will change the colour of a Neopet to Blue, while a Scritchy Sketchy Paint Brush will change the colour of a Neopet to Sketch. Paint brushes disappear after they are used and, as such, each paint brush can only be used once.
Paint brushes are broadly divided into two groups: those that can be used to paint Neopets and those that can be used to paint Petpets. These groups are mutually exclusive; paint brushes intended for Neopets cannot be used on Petpets, and paint brushes intended for Petpets cannot be used on Neopets. Users can determine which group a paint brush belongs to by examining the name of the paint brush. If the paint brush's name contains the word "Petpet", then it can only be used on Petpets. If the paint brush's name does not contain the word "Petpet", then it can only be used on Neopets.
Obtaining a paint brush
With the exception of a few select paint brushes that are sold at the Hidden Tower, paint brushes cannot be purchase from official Neopian shops. Instead, users must obtain paint brushes by winning them from certain games of chance, such as the Fruit Machine and the Alien Aisha Vending Machine, or by receiving them as part of a Random Event. Paint brushes are also sometimes available as prizes for participating in plots or winning certain contests. On top of that, the Advent Calendar has been known to occasionally give out paint brushes. Users also have a small chance of receiving a paint brush when they redeem a gold key in Key Quest.
Excluding the four starter paint brushes that are included inside of newbie packs, all paint brushes are tradable. This means that paint brushes can be purchased from other users using the Auction House, the Trading Post, or user shops. Because the demand for paint brushes within the Neopets economy is so high, users can often sell their paint brushes for tens of thousands or even millions of neopoints.
Using a paint brush
To use a paint brush on a Neopet, the user must place the paint brush in their inventory and then travel to the Rainbow Pool. At the Rainbow Pool, the user will be shown a picture of each of their Neopets. If the paint brush in the user's inventory can be used on one of displayed Neopets, then a drop down list containing the name of the paint brush will appear below that Neopet. The user must select the paint brush from this drop down box and then click the Submit button to use the paint brush.
To use a paint brush on a Petpet, the user must first attach the Petpet to one of their Neopets. Next, the user must place the paint brush in their inventory and then travel to the Petpet Puddle. At the Petpet Puddle, the user will be shown a picture of each Petpet that is attached to one of their Neopets. If the paint brush in the user's inventory can be used on one of displayed Petpets, then a drop down list containing the name of the paint brush will appear below that Petpet. The user must select the paint brush from this drop down box and then click the Paint this Petpet! button to use the paint brush. Petpets that have been zapped by the Petpet Lab Ray cannot be painted.
All Neopet paint brushes
There are currenlty 63 paint brushes that can be used to paint Neopets at the Rainbow Pool:
In addition to this, there are currently three paint brushes that exist as items on the Neopets website that cannot be used at the Rainbow Pool:
- Glass Paint Brush - The Glass colour was removed from the site on January 8, 2002.
- Lutari Paint Brush - No Neopets have been released in this colour.
- Stone Paint Brush - The Stone colour was removed from the site on June 26, 2002.
All Petpet paint brushes
There are currently 48 different Petpet paint brushes that can be used to paint Petpets at the Petpet Puddle:
- In 2002, during the month of May, TNT held a paint brush competition and let users vote on which paint brush they would like to see next. During the first round of this competition, users could vote for one of three new paint brushes: the Baby Paint Brush, the Tartan Paint Brush, or Mystery Island Paint Brush. The Baby Paint Brush received the most votes during this round and was declared the winner on May 15, 2002. During the second round, users could choose between the Tartan Paint Brush, the Mystery Island Paint Brush, and the Pirate Paint Brush. On May 21, 2002, the Pirate Paint Brush was declared the winner after receiving 194,375 votes. Even though the Mystery Island Paint Brush lost both rounds of the paint brush competition, it would still be revamped and released on June 27, 2002.
- There are three colours only available by using a Paint Brush: Royal, Usuki, and Quiguki. These colours are not available through the Rainbow Fountain or the Lab Ray.
- Interestingly, many colours that Neopets can only obtain by using the Lab Ray or the Rainbow Fountain, such as Robot or Clay, are available to Petpets by using paint brushes.
- Complete List of Paint Brushes
- Neopets TCG: Blue Paint Brush, Cloud Paint Brush, Darigan Paint Brush, Faerie Paint Brush, Green Paint Brush, Island Paint Brush, Lost Desert Paint Brush, Maraquan Paint Brush, Rainbow Paint Brush, Red Paint Brush, Snow Paint Brush, Spotted Paint Brush, Starry Paint Brush, Yellow Paint Brush
- Help File: Changing Your Neopets Appearance FAQ, Once you paint a Petpet does it stay that colour?, Once you paint a petpet, how do you get it back to its original colour?, Why cant I use the Glass or Stone paint brushes?