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Forum topic by wiser1934 posted 12-27-2013 03:20 AM 559 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wiser1934

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12-27-2013 03:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishes brushes

need help in finding the correct brush to apply an epoxy finish to a cutting board. any information would be appreciated on this subject, I know that they have to be throw away brushes. thanks

-- wiser1934, new york


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WMD2006

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 03:27 AM

I’ve only used epoxy-like coatings a couple times but I’ve never used a brush. It’s always been a plastic putty knife for me. A knife or even a thin piece of wood is pretty good for spreading the finish out and for scraping away the drips on the edge.
It seems to me that if you used a brush you’d risk embedding bristles, especially if you used a throw-away.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 11:55 AM

A small squeegee is another option. I bought one at the grocery store for 5 or 6 bucks and cut some small notches in it so that you don’t drag too much of the finish around. When you’re done, just wipe off the excess and it will be ready to go for next time.

If you really need a brush to go over some uneven surfaces, I would suggest a foam brush since they are cheaper and will be less likely to shed then a disposable bristled brush.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 12:25 PM

I would have to agree with Jay. Using some kind of squeegee to push the epoxy around to speed the self leveling process would be the way to go. I’ve kind of used this method, but usually only on larger projects where the epoxy was being flooded onto the surface at a finished thickness of close to 1/8”. If you could find a silicone squeegee, you could probably reuse it.

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 04:09 PM

A foam roller spreads epoxy well. That is what I use on boats.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 04:26 PM

The only question I have is why are you using epoxy on a cutting board as a finish?

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 05:13 PM

I used a synthetic fibre brush to apply epoxy and didn’t have any bristles left behind (may be I was lucky!).

I am with Dallas wondering why you’d use epoxy as a cutting board finish. I don’t think it would stand up to being cut into very much and would be really hard to refinish after.

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 06:12 PM

I have the same exact question as Dallas and Mark. The epoxy will chip off and enter your food supply. The only finish I use is walnut or mineral oil.

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 01:55 AM

An old credit card or hotel room card makes a good spreader.

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