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Gerald Thompson

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04-25-2018 11:54 PM

I am going to apply Waterlox satin over the original in the near future. What would be the best brush for this and were would one get it?

-- Jerry

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John Smith

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 12:12 AM

what are you going to put the Waterlox on ??
your project could have different methods of application.
have you looked at the Waterlox website ?

as recommended by Waterlox: “A natural bristle paint brush. This type of brush
will hold more finish than a synthetic bristle brush.
A 2.5” size is generally recommended. A smaller brush may be more suitable
if applying the finish in tight corners, around rounded edges and/or decorations”.

I have several of the 2” and 3” Purdy brushes that are over 15 years old and they
serve me well in just about every application. Wooster is also a good brand.
available at your local hardware stores in the paint department.



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#2 posted 04-26-2018 01:06 AM

I finished a wenge vanity top using Waterlox Original and their satin (3 coats of each) and wiped them all. Came out great.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 01:36 AM

I got to agree with John. Purdy makes some awesome brushes. They are my go to brand for any real serious work, something that requires my best work.

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#4 posted 04-26-2018 01:44 AM

I’ve just finished some outdoor furniture with Waterlox sealer and Satin Finish. The wood was cypress. I used the cheap disposable brushes from Lowes. The amount and type of levelling agent in Waterlox is excellent. Aside from a few stray bristles, the surface was perfect even on vertical surfaces.

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John Smith

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#5 posted 04-26-2018 05:55 PM

someone asked me why I have so many brushes . . . .
well, as a professional painter of this, that and the other,
I collect quality brushes like some of you collect clamps or hand planes.
E-Bay often has good deals on “seconds” of Purdy brushes for less than $3.00 each
with free shipping. Although I take very good care of my brushes
as some are over $20.00 each, in my world, one can never have too many brushes.
(especially the quality ones that you find at a tremendous discount).

the Purdy brushes that are “seconds” may be missing the cardboard cover,
misprints stamped on the ferrule or handle, missing or bent tacks in the ferrules or
or other cosmetic reasons. many are listed on E-Bay by the lot at very cheap prices.
you just have to find the ones that are best suited for your type of painting/finishing.


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#6 posted 04-27-2018 03:43 AM

John your making me feel bad about about my $12 a box Harbor Freight specials….......


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