|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 04-12-2012 04:19 PM||1184 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-12-2012 04:19 PM
Full disclosure: I am in no way attached to Gramercy or Tools for Working Wood.
I bought one of these=, the 2” persuasion.
I brush a fair amount of GF semigloss. I have used expensive synthetic brushes as well as cheap synthetic brushes and the result has always been less then flat, requiring considerable sanding.
Last night I started finish on three projects of various species: alder, big leaf maple, some walnut, and, whoa, juniper. This brush is amazing. If someone came in and kyped it, I would pay double the thirty bucks to replace it. It’s the kind of brush you carve your initials in, and deep.
Typically I sand with 220 or 320 after the first coat of WB. (note: I sand to 180, spray with water, then sand to 220 before finish.) After the first coat with this brush, it was so flat and smooth that I sanded very lightly with 800! It will be interesting to see if it still takes 6 or 7 coats to get the depth I want.
Here’s my question about cleaning: Last night I rinsed the brush generously in warm water, till it was clear, and then applied some dishwashing detergent. I massaged that thoroughly, rinsed thoroughly, and then blew the moisture out with my air gun. as I usually do in brush cleaning.
This morning the brush was, um, kinda mussed up and dense feeling in the center. It loosened up as I brushed. I cleaned it the same way but left off the airgun part. It is hanging vertically over the sink. I’ll add a post after I get it ready for reuse, which will be about two hours after the cleaning.
I’d appreciate your insights and experienced with cleaning a brush with very fine bristles like this one, most especially if you use WB products.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"