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Old 05-13-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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Default What is the best type and size brush for exterior stain?

I need to know what type of brush to buy to apply Zar exterior solid stain onto smooth surface cedar siding.

I see brsitle, china brsitle, nylon, comination of bristle and nylon brushes being sold.

What is the best type of bruuh for this exterior stain that is 85% water and 15% oil?

Should I buy a brush that is rated professional painter's grade which is
thicker (more bristles) and also has longer bristles?

Any brand in particular?

The boards I am coating are a v-groove style and are 5" wide.

What width is best for this application?

Thanks!
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I use a 3" nylon.
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Why use a brush at all when you can cover more surface area with a push broom. 2 foot soft bristle push broom is what I'd use...
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seems like the concensus so far is for a 3" brush. I inititally assumed a 4' would work faster?? Why a 3"?
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4-inch wooster brush. you can find one at lowes. About $15 or so, depends where your at.

Holds a lot of stain which is what you want, you might have to switch to a 2 inch or 3 inch angle sash if you need to get into the groves. The 4" wooster doesn't have an angle, it's flat top, but holds a ton of material and flows nicely.
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Use a mini roller. You can always brush back through it if you want .
Lot faster/easier
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Use a mini roller. You can always brush back through it if you want .
Lot faster/easier
I don't know about that. Maybe if it's done early in the morning or after it cools down at dusk.

My concern for him would be that Zar is water based if I remember right and it could setup/dry on him before he can back brush it. If he's talking about the deck & siding stain: "Soap and water cleanup". http://zardeckandsiding.ugl.com/solid/

I've converted all our staining stuff to waterbase and out here in the desert it's a PITA, but I love it. It dries so fast that it can be hard to work with, but I can do almost 3 times the amount of work I can with oil base. Plus it helps that all the other painters are still on oil and I just run circles around them and they can't figure it out lol.

Anyway: My suggestion is use a 4" wooster, thick brush holds a lot of material. But don't float it out right out of the can, I don't know the method's official name, but use globs (sections) and fade back into each other with the brush. It's a fast method but you have to keep up, it'll help you so you won't have a dried edge. But with solid color that may not be a problem, but I still wouldn't want to chance it vs dry edge and then you have to put another coat just to match.

I have an example of what I'm talking about in one of my threads in the Photos of Project section on the forum. It's a gel stained door.

Anyway, I think the miniroller idea would work, just have to be careful of it setting up, unless you plan on rolling and then back brushing RIGHT away.

good luck!

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Dont need no stinking brush...Use a squeegee from the corner gas station windshield cleaner bucket . Everyones messin with you
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4-inch wooster brush. you can find one at lowes. About $15 or so, depends where your at.

Holds a lot of stain which is what you want, you might have to switch to a 2 inch or 3 inch angle sash if you need to get into the groves. The 4" wooster doesn't have an angle, it's flat top, but holds a ton of material and flows nicely.
4" Golden Glo?? Pretty sweet brush for exteriors.

If you gotta cut a lot, consider a Wooster JAGUAR 3.5"
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Mini roller? have not used one of these before. do they work as good as a brush and do you have to backbrush to even the stain application?

Maybe someone could fill me in on the technique of using a mini roller-thanks.

Any way to getting around lap marks using these new modified oil products. I am used to oil applications.
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No, just doing some due dilligence before staining our house. Big job and would like to make the job efficent and attain the best results.

Products have changed and I need to get up to speed. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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