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TIP: Store Water-Based Brushes

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TIP: Store Water-Based Brushes

Water-based finishes dry in several hours, so it’s easy to apply two or three coats in a day. In other words, unlike with oils and varnishes, you can complete a finishing project in one day using a water-based finish. The rapid drying occurs not only on the wood but also on the brush. Instead of washing the brush between each coat, which is perfectly legitimate, it’s much more efficient to just store the brush. There are two easy ways to do this: Hang the brush in a jar of water. (Notice in this photo that I have drilled an additional...

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TIP: Airplane Landing When Brushing

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TIP: Airplane Landing When Brushing

Use an airplane-like landing motion with your brush when making contact with a surface near an edge. Land your brush about an inch in from the edge so you don’t drag it over the edge and cause runs. Land the brush softly while moving it in the direction away from the edge. Then brush across the surface and off the opposite edge. Brush back and forth this way, landing an inch in from each edge and off the opposite edge until you’re ready to load the brush with more finish and begin your next brush strokes.

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