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Forum topic by curliejones posted 02-19-2013 01:32 PM 800 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2013 01:32 PM

OK – not exactly Fine Woodworking, but – I use a lot of primer to paint framing materials. I find this best done with material laying flat on saw horses and if that framing is 2X6 or greater, I use a small roller. The primer that seems to work well for me is fairly thick and requires a stiff paint brush. Thinning the primer only reudces the coverage, so I have just about worn out an old paintbrush with synthetic bristles (Primer is water-based). I cut the bristles shorter to stiffen it and removed a good bit of the outer bristles as they became caked with paint. The primer dries so quickly that it dries into the bristles and must be removed with a wirebrush during cleaning. The only paintbrushes I see that are marketed as “firm” or “extra firm” are costly and obviously the smoothness I accomplish is not important. I simply paint everything to keep the inscets and moisture out of it. I have a ton of cheap paintbrushes that are simply too limp to work the paint into the not-so-smooth surface of framing lumber. I don’t want to ruin $15 paintbrushes doing this, but I need to find some bruses with a bit of “backbone”, preferably in the 2-2-1/2” range. Any suggestions??

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