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07-24-2014 11:42 PM

I have one of the decent horse hair brushes that we all used since shop class. The problem is it ALWAYS sheds hairs and requires a great deal of extra time to remove the hairs from projects that I am prepping for finish.

I want to buy a better brush. I looked at some of the micro fiber dusters and they look pretty good. Anyone have success with these or maybe a specific brand of brush that doesn’t do more harm than good?


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#1 posted 07-24-2014 11:46 PM

If the hairs are such a problem, why not just use the vacuum instead?

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 01:04 AM

I have 2 of the harbor freight ones and they are not to bad.

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 03:25 AM

I just use a wallpaper brush like this one. Cheap hardware store thing, works great.

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#4 posted 07-25-2014 05:29 AM

Try a Harper Brush. I have used them for over 8 years and they are still going strong….

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#5 posted 07-25-2014 07:13 AM

I’ve got a couple of drafting brushes—one lays on my drafting table and I use the other one in the shop. Drafting brushes are thinner than shop brushes. I like them better.

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 02:37 AM

I use a 4” wide paint brush. Unknown brand. Unknown bristle composition. $0.25 flea market find.

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#7 posted 07-26-2014 02:39 AM

I have 2 of the harbor freight ones and they are not to bad.

- diverlloyd

I use one as well. Works fine. Haven’t had a bristle problem.

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks for the tips. I have a drafting brush I can try. I will also try a 4 inch paint brush.

The other bench brushes all shed hairs. My final try will be a micro fiber duster. There is a nice one on amazon that might do very well for after sanding between coats of finish. I will still have to wipe it down but with a good dusting I can tell if the sanding is sufficient then wipe it down or sand some more.

If I learn anything of value I will post.



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