Rags and spray guns are fast. The purpose of this article is to emphasize what i ve said in passing many times.
It s much more efficient to wipe stain onto wood with a rag than to brush it.
Wipe don t brush stain popular woodworking magazine. You can apply a finish either directly to the wood or over a stain after it has dried. Using any application tool such as a brush or rag apply a wet coat and wipe off the excess before it dries. Wipe don t brush stain.
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It is one of the best brushes on the market because it gives you excellent and consistent results with any oil based wood stain or sealer. It s much more efficient to wipe stain onto wood with a rag than to brush it. The wooster brush is a stain brush that is four inches wide though it also comes in 4 75 inch and 5 5 inch sizes.
By bob flexner pages. Wiping is the efficient way to apply stain. The purpose of this article is to emphasize what i ve said in passing many times in this column.
So if cost is a factor you may be limited to rags or brushes. It will take practice to get the coloring even especially on large and multiple surfaces. You could also wipe on a wet coat with a cloth.
Brushing a stain or finish is slow. Wipe don t brush stain. This brush has a white china bristle and a squared construction which ensures that it is.
Wiping is the efficient way to apply stain. Begin working on smaller surfaces such as legs and drawer fronts to get a feel for the drying time. Wiping is fast almost as fast as spraying without the downside of having to clean the spray gun.
Brush wet coats of wiping varnish onto the wood and remove some of the finish with a dry brush. Leave a dampness of stain on the wood that dries to a darker coloring. Do a dirty wipe that is don t wipe or brush off all the excess stain.
Don t overlap the stain onto a surface that has already dried or the double application may cause a difference in color. A brush is the most inefficient application tool. Brush a wet coat of wiping varnish over the surface as in the wiping off method.
Finishing a finish is necessary to protect the wood from water damage dirt stains etc. Spray guns can cost several hundred dollars or more and you may have to add in an air source compressor or turbine if you don t already have one. This method leaves more build than wiping off the excess but still eliminates the possibility of runs and sags.
If the stain dries too hard to wipe off re liquefy it by applying more stain right away then remove the excess immediately. Wiping is also every bit as effective in all situations. Wipe don t brush stain popular woodworking magazine wiping is fast almost as fast as spraying without the downside of having to clean the spray gun.