Choosing a Brush for Your Top Coat

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You’ve spent a lot of time on your project getting it ready to finish, so why not finish it right? If you’re going to apply four layers of stains or top coat with a brush, it’s important to use the proper brush for the job. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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13 Responses to “Choosing a Brush for Your Top Coat”


    It seems that most brushes on the market today are synthetic. I eventually discovered that “China Bristle” brushes are natural bristle but, finding chisel-tipped varieties has been difficult. Can you suggest a source where I can get chisel-tipped, natural bristle brushes? Thank you.

  2. Stuart

    I’d heard the reason not to use a natural bristle brush for water-based finishes, is because the bristles will absorb the water and swell. I don’t know if this is true, but there result is the same – polyester for water-based paint and finish.

    • Customer Service

      Hi Mark,
      Here is what our expert had to say: They should be ok for stain, but I believe that lacquer would melt them. I haven’t tried it, as I usually apply stain with a rag and lacquer with a spray gun.

      If you have any other questions, please chat, email, or contact Customer Service at 1-855-253-0822. 

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  3. Ed

    How about a foam roller? It always gives me a smooth coat. Just put in a ziplock bag to keep it moist between coats

  4. James Sherbundy

    I would like to add a brush to your list. TAKLON. Not your Home Depot brush. Got mine from The finish is like it was sprayed on. No brush marks. I would not want to try to paint the house with it, but I did do a door frame. George, maybe you would want to review some of homested’s products.

  5. JIM

    How about the relative merits of Foam brush versus Bristle brushes.
    Jim McCulloch

    • Customer Service

      Dear Jim,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I use foam brushes for quick jobs with a lower quality bar. High quality bristle brushes provide higher quality finish in most if not all scenarios. These are the brushes that I use for most scenarios:

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Jerry. Thanks for the suggestion. I will forward this on. We appreciate your feedback.
      Jean-WWGOA Video Membership


    A follow up clip on proper cleaning of brushes would be helpful as good brushes are expensive and it hurts to throw them away.

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