My Brush Repairs, Restorations & Builds

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Enrico, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Well here are some brushes I restored recently ....

    A Ever Ready #79, Kingsley and a Ever Ready 936W (nylon)
    As received ...
    After a hair cut ...
    Initial clean up ...
    Filled and weighted ...
    Finished polished, lettered and re-knotted with Maggard's synthetic.

    The Ever Readys are 24mm and the Kingsley is a 22mm.

    I wasn't sure I was going to like the Kingsley so bought a beater, so had severe scratches, stains and edge short cracks. After cleaning and much polishing; finished looking like polished bone. really please with it.

    More to come ....
  2. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Nicely done!
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  3. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Nice job.
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  4. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Sweet! :happy088::happy088:
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  5. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    Well done.

    Sent via mobile
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  6. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    Very nice, I have a few in the hopper myself
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  7. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Very nicely done. :happy088:
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  8. EnglishChannel

    EnglishChannel Well-Known Member

    :signs154:Nicely done!
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  9. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Thank you all. I really enjoy re-knotting the vintage brushes! :cool:
  10. Sparrow

    Sparrow Well-Known Member

    Good job!
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  11. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Yeah, I think I'm beginning to get BRAD, Brush Restore Acquisition Disorder. I don't know, I just made it up, but I like doing it.
  12. clint64

    clint64 Blind Squirrel

    Great restoration. Very Well Done.
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  13. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    You've definitely got the knack!
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  14. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Looking good! What kind of polish do you use?
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  15. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    Thank you!

    I was acquiring vintage brushes about a year and a half prior to actually starting to resort and re-knot them.

    Thank you!

    I've made my share of mistakes, but thanks!

    For deep scratches; 400 sand paper followed by 3M green scrubby. Polishing I use Turtle Wax rubbing compound. Sometimes followed by Hard Shell Turtle Wax. Takes time.
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  16. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    One thing that I've found that works good for me is to use sanding sponges in various grits. Helps with contours and you can vary it more by using really light or heavy pressure.
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  17. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    A few more restored ...


    A Buffalo shaving brush (looks like the knot was chewed on by the dog or very well loved)


    An Ever Ready 38N, the base got me hooked.


    A Gibbs nylon brush from the 1970's.

    The Buffalo brush was a fair straight forward except I bored it out to receive a 24mm knot and was (for a while) unsure of what knot I wanted to install. Settled on a Maggard's synthetic knot.

    There is a reason you don't see Ever Ready 38N's; they are prone to serious catastrophic failure. The cream top was eggshell thin; no more than a mm think. During knot removal the cream top crack top to bottom. The more I tried to repair it, the more it self destructed. As I said REALLY liked the base of it and it made me sick to chuck it out. So I improvised a new top to receive the knot. Unsure if I would like it I installed a cheap 24mm black badger knot. It's beautiful and well balanced, but very scritchy; may change it one day.

    The Gibbs had an awful nylon knot, so I removed it and bored it out to receive a 22mm Maggard's black synthetic.


    Finished polished, lettered and re-knotted with Maggard's synthetic and black badger. By the way; that's a 3/4" hose coupler on the Ever Ready 38N.

    More to come ...
  18. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    I like that coupler.
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  19. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    I may re-name it the Ever Ready Coupler. It was the best I could do without my major power tools. Actually feels great in the hand. :cool:
  20. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Cool idea. I like it.
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