26 May Our Favorite Paint, Wax & Buffing Brushes + One of Our Professional Buffing Tips Kept Secret until Now
Frenchic’s/Vintiquities Brushes are our favorite brushes to use with chalk & clay paints!
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Shizzle Tip: Dampen brushes with water prior to each use. I gently squeeze out the excess water, wrap with paper towel then set aside while I get everything else ready for my project. Actually, Cathy and I both do this with all our brushes. We’ve done it so long, it’s become 2nd nature. Dampening the bristles primes the brush. It won’t suck up as much product and makes it easier to wash out when finished.
Fun Fact: Our Frenchic / Vintiquities Paint Brushes can also be used to create texture! This can be done by gently pouncing the brush or randomly cross-hatching your brush strokes. For this effect, the thicker the paint, the better. To thicken our paint, leave it uncovered. To thin our paint, dilute with a bit of water.
A quality two inch angled, soft bristle, paint brush is also an essential here at Shizzle. The one that we carry here at Shizzle has a sharp, smooth angle plus a nice oval arc to it. It’s been designed to hold more paint yet washes out easier than it’s knock-off competitors due to it’s unique design. It’s not nearly as full or tapered as our Vintiquities Paint brushes but is still a fantastic all around general brush and a must have in our workshop. Grab one from on of our West Michigan locations or have one delivered to your door here.
For dry brushing, I like to use a super chunky, shaggy wide brush such as our 4″ Dry Brushing Brush
I prefer to apply my Finishing Coat with our yellow sponges. Cathy prefers the blue ones. Our 2″ angled cut-in brush is also a great brush to apply clear coats. I usually use one in combination with our yellow sponges. Watch the video of Cath’s granddaughter. She applied the Finishing Coat without ANY prior instruction. She had NO idea what I was going to ask her when I handed her the sponge and bottle. If a little girl can do it, so can you ~ it’s easy!
Watch the video of how to apply Finishing Coat by clicking on the video below.
ARTIST BRUSHES and FINGERTIPS
I use artist brushes and/or my fingers for most of the itty bitty detailing type of work such as the detail on the above gray and white dresser.
We have a stash of very special rags we use for our final buffing of waxed pieces. This simple step, really takes your pieces to the next level of professionalism. We’ve held out on sharing this tip, until now. Why you ask? Because we have about 10,000 of them! No, I’m not joking. We use them for everything from cleaning our homes to prepping/washing our furniture prior to painting but they’re exceptionally awesome for the final buff. Because it will be a while before we’re back on our feet again, we’re offering them to you at a special rate. Enter Coupon Code: BuffingRags20 to Save here.
CLEANING PAINT, WAX AND BUFFING BRUSHES
PAINT DRIED ON YOUR BRUSH? NEVER FEAR!
Want some? Our favorite brushes are available seven days a week at our West Michigan locations here – OR – Have paint supplies delivered right to your front door via our Online Shizzle Shop – here. We offer fast, reliable 2-3 day shipping 6 days a week nationwide. International shipping takes longer.
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a hui hou ~ Shelly