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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 01-03-2011 04:00 PM 4950 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Knothead62

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01-03-2011 04:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing brush paint

I finished a project for my grandson for Christmas. The bristle brush left too much overlap in the paint with stray bristles. I had some cheap foam brushes in my paint stuff. I found it kept a defined edge much better. What do you LJ’s use or recommend? Thanks! Oh yes, the foam cleaned up better!


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Sailor

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 04:16 PM

If I can I try to paint a few piece before assembly, then maybe do some touching up when Im done. Give’s pretty good results because my painting isn’t the best and Ive tried taping, but that never seems to work perfectly. Haven’t tried the foam brushes, may need to though.

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 04:16 PM

I use foam brushes quite a bit. Sometimes they are just the best solution, and cheap enough to throw away when you’re done.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 04:16 PM

I use the disposable foam brushes for stain and poly all the time, personally. i like em. But for paint i always go with a Purdy brush. They’re expensive but clean well and do a great job with paint.

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Knothead62

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 04:22 PM

chrisstef, I had a retired industrial painter recommend the Purdey brush. I have a couple of them.
Sailor, I tried masking tape but the wood grain let some of the paint to creep under the tape and created a mess. Just a bit of paint on the foam brush gave me more “accuracy” with the paint.
Thanks to all for your replies!

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Sawkerf

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 04:26 PM

Try using “Frog Tape” to mask off your work. It’s pricey, but works pretty well. It’s way better than ordinary masking tape or “blue tape”.

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richgreer

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 04:38 PM

I never paint and I use disposable foam brushes for stain and poly. If you buy n bulk they are pretty cheap.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Knothead62

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 02:20 AM

Rich, thanks for your reply. This project was 2X4 and plywood so stain wouldn’t work with the wood. However, I have some other projects in the works that will be stained and finished with poly.

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RickLoDico

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 02:31 AM

There’s good foam brushes and crappy foam brushes. These are good foam brushes at an excellent price:
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=1189&familyName=Foam+Brushes

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Steven H

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 02:56 AM

I an not a fan of using foam brush, I rather use Nylon or Poly brushes.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 08:49 AM

RickLoDico Do those leave marks like bristle brushes in latex paint?

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SnowyRiver

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#11 posted 01-04-2011 04:36 PM

I prefer a bristle brush. I always feel its easier to get into corners etc. The quality of the brush is important. I usually use Purdy.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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RickLoDico

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#12 posted 01-05-2011 12:57 AM

TS

I’ve never tried it on Latex. I use them for Waterlox and poly.

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hObOmOnk

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#13 posted 01-05-2011 01:17 AM

Foam brushes with shellac is a bad idea. :(

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Steven H

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#14 posted 01-05-2011 01:17 AM

DO NOT use foam brushes with latex, it is horrible and waste time.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 01-05-2011 03:34 AM

Thx, I won’t bother to try them for painting with latex ;-)

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