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Purrmaster

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514 days ago

I keep reading about how the only good brush for applying solvent based coatings (lacquer, shellac, varnish, etc.) is a brush made out of badger hair.

However, I can’t seem to find any badger hair brushes. There are plenty of knocks offs that have a stripe painted on them to make them look like badger hair. But those are all made of china bristle (i.e. hog bristles). Like the Red Tree one I got.

So a couple of questions: Are badger hair brushes really all that great? And where do you get the things and know you’re getting the genuine article?

I read somewhere else that nylon bristles are actually preferred for shellac. Anyone have experience with that?


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Handtooler

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#1 posted 514 days ago

The professional painters I’m acquainted with, when applying oil based finishes swear by and use either PURDY or WOOSTER brushes the say they are absolutely top quality brushes and will last a long time when properly cleaned daily.

They fabricate several different bristle types so read the labeling and select the type that best fits your needs INMHO.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Purrmaster

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#2 posted 514 days ago

I’ve heard of Chinex also. It’s a DuPont synthetic bristle that simulates hog bristles.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 514 days ago

They are as close as Amazon. But I’ve bought them from Woodworker’s Supply and Jamestown Marine. Goggle the “Redtree” brand and you’ll get a few pother places as well.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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404 - Not Found

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#4 posted 514 days ago

I came across this

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/product.do?part=4781&SHOPPING#MyReviewHeader

I second Handtoolers comments on the Purdy brushes. The Purdy Monarch Elite is the finest paintbrush I ever used.

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Purrmaster

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#5 posted 514 days ago

The brush linked to from Amazon isn’t really badger hair. It’s china bristle with a painted stripe. I know because I have that brush. The Jamestown one is the same brush. “Badger style.”

I’m beginning to think real badger hair isn’t available anymore. I hear badgers are becoming rather scarce so perhaps that’s not such a bad thing.

I’ll look into the Purdy monarch.

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GaryL

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#6 posted 514 days ago

These are not badger hair but ox-hair from Tools for Woodworking.
Kind of sounds like the next best thing, but I have not tried them …yet.

Gramercy Tools Finishing Brushes for Shellac and Lacquer

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SamuraiSaw

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#7 posted 514 days ago

I use ox hair brushes, which are actually a china bristle and ox hair blend. They leave an incredibly smooth finish and are well worth the expense. Corona makes a great brush:

http://www.coronabrushes.com/corona/index.cfm?event=showSeries&id=15

Purdy also makes excellent ox/bristle brushes.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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bhog

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#8 posted 514 days ago

I have been pretty happy with Omega brushes with shellac.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 514 days ago

I have had these French made 3” brushes for about 21 years. The top one is real badger. Not sure of the other. Neither one ever used. Will sell if you’re interested, but they won’t be cheap.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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oldnovice

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#10 posted 514 days ago

I have used PURDY brushes and I really like them. I have moved on to water based finished and dyes and do not use the PURDY brushes that much any more.

I believe that these are China bristle (not to be confused with made in China)!

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