Shoeshine brush?

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Forum topic by AESamuel posted 05-07-2015 07:13 PM 806 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2015 07:13 PM

Hi there,

I’ve been experimenting a bit recently with what finishes I like and at the moment I’m trying out wiping varnish (50/50 mix of varnish and spirits) and also a premix shellac made by liberon.
With both products I’ve applied a few coats, rubbed down with 0000 steel wool and then applied a paste wax and buffed with a clean cloth. I quite like the results with both of these methods – I love how quickly and easily the shellac brushes on too! But I would like a little higher sheen after the wax and I saw a video where Paul Sellers uses a horsehair shoeshine brush after waxing and I wondered whether anyone else had tried it and what effect it has on the sheen of the wood, whether that might get me the extra sheen I’m looking for.
Any comments on the use of a shoeshine brush would be much appreciated!

Also, another quick beginner question, will the wiping varnish be a more protective finish than the shellac when it comes to water and general wear & tear.

Many thanks!

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#1 posted 05-07-2015 07:39 PM

I have a horse hair shoe brush and I use it when I apply wax to a piece. For me it leaves a nice glow. More importantly it is very easy to use compared to many other methods.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 07:49 PM

I use one as well after waxing

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 07:40 PM

Thanks for the replies, after reading them I went ahead and ordered a horsehair brush!

I’m very pleased with the results, I think buffing with the brush gave me the same effect as buffing with a cloth but it’s so much easier to use the brush! Fits much more comfortably in the hand than a cloth does and the brush gets into the corners easier too.

Many thanks again!

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 08:34 PM

I have a brush like that and I use it to shine my renaissance wax coats after application. Works great, well worth the $8 or so it cost me. Very shiny results compared to using just a rag. You can actually buy them from Walgreens, surprisingly.

-- Allen, Colorado

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