George Vondriska

Choosing a Brush for Your Top Coat

George Vondriska
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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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8 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.

  3. Mark Maznio

    Are foam brushes okay for applying stain and lacquer?

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. JIM

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

  7. Jerry

    How about including foam brushes in the discussion?


    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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