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TIP: Brush Efficiently

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TIP: Brush Efficiently

When brushing a finish onto a large horizontal surface such as a tabletop, it’s most efficient to lift a brush load of the finish (the bristles dipped about halfway into the finish) out of the container and plop it down at the center of the area you want to brush. Then stretch out that puddle of finish from end to end working in the direction of the grain. Work fast without dragging the brush over the edge at each end, which would result in runs down the side. You can accomplish this by using airplane-like landings just in from each...

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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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