Choosing and Using Brushes
The right brush and a good technique make finishing a pleasure
Synopsis: While offering a lesson of finishing a tabletop, professional finisher David Sorg shares his views on using brushes to apply a flawless finish. He also offers maintenance tips that will keep your brushes as soft and pliable as the day you brought them home. Among his rules: Don’t buy anything with a plastic handle, and buy the best you can afford. For more sensible, useful information, check out this guide on how to use brushes best, be they foam, natural, or synthetic.
Brushing on a finish involves considerably less expense, space and even danger than spraying. The results can be as perfect as any sprayed finish, requiring only a little more time. I earn an added bonus when using a brush instead of a spray gun. Holding the brush, dipping it into the finish and then letting it glide onto the wood brings my project to life and…