A top-quality finish starts with the right brush
Synopsis: Furniture finisher Jeff Jewitt offers advice on selecting and using a brush to ensure a streak- and bubble-free result. He talks about the art of brushmaking and what components are most important to pay attention to. He says animal hair brushes are best for solvent-based finishes, and he details various types. Photographs detailing the anatomy of a brush show how some brushes are better than others. Synthetic bristles are best for water-based finishes, he says, and he discusses brush and bristle variations. Jewitt explains how to buy a brush, shares his favorite types, and details the steps involved in properly cleaning a brush.
Applying finish with a brush seems easy enough. Dip the brush into the finish, spread the finish on the wood and then wait for it to dry. That’s the theory, anyway, but many woodworkers are disappointed with the brush marks, streaks and bubbles that can mar…