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Gramercy Tools Finishing Brushes for Shellac and Lacquer
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 1" wide x 9/16" ($26.00) In Stock
 2" wide x 11/16" ($50.00) In Stock
 3" wide x 7/16" ($66.00) In Stock
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Why is it that after months of wholeheartedly working on a piece of furniture, we woodworkers feel a bit hesitant about the final step - putting on the finish? One answer may be that we don't have the confidence in our finishing tools that we do in our woodworking tools. Those who do a lot of finishing typically use a professional grade sprayer set up in a properly dust free area, have expensive and hard-to-maintain protective equipment, etc. But what about skilled woodworkers - furniture makers, restorers, luthiers and others - who do only occasional finishing? What should they do? The simple solution, of course, is to use a traditional professional grade brush, but this item has largely disappeared from the market - up until now. A brush is a tool like any other, and a great brush really makes the job of finishing easier.

As we do with all our Gramercy Tools woodworking tools, we did a lot of research and testing before we figured out the best features in finishing brushes. We found that most of the commonly available finishing brushes are dumbed-down copies of older, much better styles. That explained why there was less of a distinction between brushes, even expensive ones, than we would have liked. In the end we asked one of the last brushmakers in the United States to hand-make a brush to our specifications. .

The Gramercy Tools brush is made of 100 percent European ox-hair. Ox-hair is very fine and has a wonderful feel to it. It will leave a virtually brush-mark free surface and will hold a fair amount of finish for a long, efficient and controlled stroke. This brush is useful even for French polishing, if you brush on a coat to get a head start before starting the rubbing out process. The brush is solid hair with no gap, so you can cover carving details and moldings, and go over edges and corners with no drips or splatters. The ox-hair is anchored in the brush with epoxy, so the brush won't deteriorate in solvents. The ferrule is top-quality stainless steel, so you can easily clean it in any solvent, including water, and not have to worry about corrosion - which can shorten the life of the brush and contaminate your finish. The handle is made of unfinished hardwood (in an attractive, traditional beaver-tail pattern) that is very comfortable in the hand and has a great balance. The brush has a hand-sculpted chisel tip for best performance. Our brushmaker told us to pack the brushes in a traditional paper wrapper that allows the hair to breathe and last longer. So we did.

We don't think you'll be able to find a better finishing brush for shellac, nitrocellulose lacquer, or any other typical thin finish material. Heavier finishes like varnish may be too viscous for this brush and break the thin hair. With care, our brushes will last for years and make finishing much easier and more rewarding. Cleaning a shellac brush is easy. For instructions, click here.. Cleaning a varnish brush is a bit harder. For instructions, click here.

Note: As these brushes are from natural hair they are unsuited for waterborne finishes. For brushes for waterborne finishes see the product listing below.

We stock 3 sizes. The 2" wide brush is the most generally useful, the 1" size is good for localized details, and the 3" size will make doing a large surface easier and quicker. Bristle length is 1-3/4" on all three brushes.

Handmade in the USA.
"There aren't any brushes that feel better in use than the Gramercy Tools brush" - Bob Flexner

<>blockquote "The Cadillac of solvent brushes is made from pure ox hair. Very fine and soft, it will lay down a coat of varnish with almost no brush marks" - Fine Woodworking Magazine   
Customer Reviews:

Mr.

By: C Baarsch (Jul, 2016)

I am back to order another. I tried the small brush and it works wonderfully. I have used it weekly for four months without cleaning and it shows no sign of wear. I use it with Zinsser unwaxed shellac cut one to one. Rinse in alcohol and hang it till the next use. These bristles are very fine and extremely flexible which leaves virtually no brush marks the way I use it. I have tried a lot of other brushes including artist brushes and natural bristles as well as manufactured, high priced and low, and didn't find anything that worked as well. The golden taklon artist brushes worked for awhile but they didn't hold enough material and after a month or so the bristles started to part leaving skipped streaks. I strongly recommend these brushes for thinned shellac.
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clumps of hair fall out over time

By: Mason H. (Jun, 2016)

Several years ago I purchased this brush (2in. ox hair) and I was very happy with it until recently. I have only used it occasionally for shellac finishes, meaning once or twice every few months. While it did shed a little initially, it has recently begun to lose clumps of hair to the point I can no longer use it, which leaves me deeply disappointed. I specifically bought this brush on the good reviews and the made in USA provenance, and I wanted it to be my &quot;go to&quot; brush for all my shellac work. I have completely &quot;babied&quot; it, using it only for shellac and only cleaning it in DNA...still, I am dealing with clumps of the ox hair falling out now. Hairs should not be falling out with a $50 brush, and I expected a longer lifetime.
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Furniture Maker

By: Joe (Nov, 2015)

Love this brush! Holds a ton of finish and lays it down without a mark.
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mr

By: michael michalofsky (Oct, 2015)

the brush for shellac is amazing never used a brush like this before btw with respect to cleaning i started using ammonia cleans the brush in no time joel can this damage the brush? thanks michael
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Mr

By: M.W.Styga (Nov, 2014)

When brushing on lacquer for my segmented woodturning this brush is superior to the badger hair brush I own for which I paid the same price. The finest surface so far. The stainless steel is a plus. Have utilized this brush for several years and it still performs like new. Made in U.S.of A. That's refreshing.
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Brush Shellac, No Problem

By: JRWW (Aug, 2014)

I had never brushed shellac with success before owning this brush. Quality of construction feels great. I have only used it a few times but seems like it will hold up for a long time with gentle use.
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supplier reponds

By: joel (Apr, 2014)

Fimwdwkr, What are you using the brushes for? For shellac and lacquer as recommended they should work fine. Varnish is too viscous for a lot of the hair, so it breaks, and also cleaning the brush to get rid of varnish also weakens the brush. - joel
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MR

By: Fimwdwkr (Apr, 2014)

I love the brushes and have 3 sets, but sadly the brushes fall apart. I don't recommend them for they don't last.
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Mr

By: G.W. Marton (Feb, 2014)

I bought two of these brushes several years ago for shellac application. These are truly in a class by themselves. The finish is consistently excellent (I use a 2 1/2 pound cut) and best of all, I haven't even used the second brush. I just rinse with alcohol when I'm done and let it dry. When I'm ready to use again, a soak in alcohol and its ready to go. My favorite finishing sequence is 3-4 heavy brush on coats followed by 400 sandpaper. Wipe down and pad on a finish coat. Works every time.
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