You suspected the paddle to make crystals skedaddle. Turns out silicone is naturally resin resistant. Although any contact will disrupt your trichomes, the brushing technique displaces fewer crystals than typical speed scissor trimming. When you brush, you hold the stalk, limiting handling. When trimming with scissors at a typical pace, buds get handled more heavily resulting in finger hash.
There’s a night and day difference between the flowy practice of brushing and the concentration and precision required to trim purely with scissors. Brushing is easy on your eyes, hands, and brain. Trim a shift with each and compare end-of-day energy levels.
When brushing, most unwanted material is removed while holding the stalk, limiting contact with nuggets. When using scissors exclusively you have to handle each bud separately resulting in heavy resin build up on your gloves which are then thrown away. Through the process of cut > rotate > grab > repeat, a good deal of sap is released creating highly sticky conditions.
If you love trimming, and you want the best possible results, surgically trimming with scissors is going to be your best bet. Cultivators must make the choice between machine and hand trimming. Machine trimming has high upfront costs, decreased quality, but is fast. Traditional hand trimming can preserve quality if done carefully, but is the slowest method and comes at a premium cost. Using the brushing system, especially the assembly line method, preserves quality, improves speed, lowers costs, and is overall just more enjoyable.
Brushing is an ergonomic motion and puts nominal stress on your hands, wrists, and eyes. With proper technique brushing feels natural.
Faster Than Scissors
Brushing all the buds on a stalk at the same time is surprisingly efficient. With experience the volume you can trim brushing is impressive.
The trichomes on your buds burst when touched due to pressure and stickiness. Brush trimming with silicone paddles is gentler on the plant.
The shape and stiffness of the silicone paddles provides the right amount of pressure to trim the stems and leaves off of most strains.
Minimal Resin Build-Up
As we know, resin is incredibly sticky. Scissors and gloves gunk up quickly while silicone is resistant to stickiness preventing resin build-up.
Easy to Clean
Brushes require much less cleaning than scissors. Eventually some quick cleaning will spiff up your paddles. Freeze the brush and gently knock off resin tips.