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Knothead62

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1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1333 days ago

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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chrisstef

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#3 posted 1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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”.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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richgreer

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#6 posted 1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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 1333 days ago

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

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SnowyRiver

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#11 posted 1332 days ago

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 1332 days ago

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 1332 days ago

Foam brushes with shellac is a bad idea. :(

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Steven H

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#14 posted 1332 days ago

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1332 days ago

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

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