My Brush Restoration & Builds

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

  1. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    At first I didn't think I'd be able to add any weight, but was glad to give it some. I prefer my brushes with a little weight.
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  2. Enrico

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    I'm back with another Ever Ready 150 .....


    An ugly little one at that .....

    Following a bit of work .....
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    Add some weight and a 24mm synthetic flat top .....

    Not bad for a common Ever Ready ......

    And as always .... more to come! :D

    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
  3. mvd

    mvd Well-Known Member

    @Enrico Great job sanding the cream part--i always end up with uneven colour on that part due to uneven sanding. Amazing work!
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  4. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

  5. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Very handsome! I like the looks of the flat top. The vintage handle styling goes well with the old school retro knot.

    Hope all's well with the mother to be. Any news?
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  6. brit

    brit in a box

    nice brushes keith, nice work..
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  7. Enrico

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    Thank you; I only worked to remove the horizontal line off the body and left the vertical on the base. This time it work out well.

    Thank you, I saw them and had to try them out.

    :thanks: She's due the middle to the third week of February and still doing well; I see her almost daily at my work.

    Thank you, Gary :happy088:
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  8. brit

    brit in a box

    recipient says thank you ..:):thanks: 20190117_190019.jpg
  9. Enrico

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  10. Enrico

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    I had couple butterscotch brushes that needed some work, so decided to jump on them during the recent snow storm.

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    The first is a Rubberset that other than rubbed off lettering wasn't bad, (but I needed the base for another brush repair) and a Fuller with a couple nasty splits. I removed the base off the Rubberset, replaced it with a base from another horribly split butterscotch Fuller, weighted and set a 24mm flat top Synthetic knot. I removed the nearly obliterated lettering and polished it up. After removing the knot from butterscotch Fuller, I removed ~1/4" off the top, polished, weighted and set a 28mm flat top synthetic knot.

    The cream butterscotch Rubberset


    And the cream butterscotch Fuller ..... though not perfect ... it's weight, size and feel; make this quite impressive. I really like it! :happy093:

    Some may not approve of what I've done, but that's ok.

    And as always .... more to come! :D

  11. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    I think Johnny would have approved :happy088:
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  12. Enrico

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    :thanks: I'll eventually be performing a surprising repair on a VP with the base I salvaged from the Rubberset.
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  13. Enrico

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    I've been a little under the weather, so worked on a couple brushes.

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    A very plain Made Rite 700 and a butterscotch Fuller

    After a little work ......

    The Made Rite with a 24mm Tuxedo flat top
    The butterscotch Fuller with a 22mm Timberwolf

    After the usual polishing, weighting and re-knotting; I was very pleased with the Made Rite and much less so with the Fuller (over glue); that said they're both ready for service.

    And as always .... more to come! :D

  14. mvd

    mvd Well-Known Member


    Aside from the potential for resale, what is your motivation? I ask because I just ordered a silvertip that, with shipping, will be about $65 Canadian to go in a vintage brush that came to $40 after shipping. The brush originally sold for lass than $5!

    I had to REALLY remind myself that hobbies are fun and don't always make the best sense. What do you like most about doing restorations?
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  15. Enrico

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    To be quite honest, I'm a man that needs to keep busy to retain my sanity. I do this because it give me pleasure saving some of these from the landfill, there's a lot of history in them and it's fun for me. Sure there's the ability to resell them, but not so much to make big money, but enough to be able to keep being able to do it. When I sell them I get two fold enjoyment from it; one I saved a bit of history from the refuse pile and two I'm able pass it on someone that will find enjoyment in this hobby.

    As for the cost of purchasing the knots; it would surprise many people that some of these knot that are purchased on well known sites are the same that can be purchased for half to a quarter of the price elsewhere. I'm not say that's always the case, but that it does happen a lot.

    Thanks for the questions, I'm alway willing to share information where I can.
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  16. Enrico

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    Well I'm still fighting a cold, so jump on a challenge.

    I had a couple brushes that started a bad way .....

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    The first was a Fuller that had cracks that a truck could drive through; and the second was a Kingsley that also had horrible cracks. I had hopes or restoring the Kingsley, but in the process, it failed totally. I used the base of the Fuller on another brush, but had the top still knocking around my parts bin.

    I realized I may be able to salvage something of the two brushes.


    After much work ..... Frankenbrush arrises!

    Yes, it has scars and no it's not perfect, but Igor IT'S ALIVE!!!! ..... and ready for shaving.

    And as always .... more to come! :D

    Edit ..... I for got to say this little Frankenbrush is wearing a 22mm tuxedo, so it's all ready to help you .... putting on the ritz

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
  17. dangermouse

    dangermouse Well-Known Member

    Hi @Enrico

    I've been working my way through all nineteen pages of this thread and enjoyed all of it. You do fantastic work. Keep it up and please keep posting pictures. They are great to see. Thanks, man. Take care.
  18. Enrico

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    Thank you for the complements ....

    And as always .... more to come! :D

    :eatdrink013: God bless
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  19. Enrico

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    Back with another Surrey brush ...

    Sorry no before shot, but it was your typical beat Surrey with hair loss and in need of loving.

    After re-knotting with a 24mm flat top Tuxedo, weighting, painting, and lots of polishing ........

    It has three vertical crack toward the top, but that just serves as character,

    And as always .... more to come! :D

  20. mvd

    mvd Well-Known Member

    Great looking brush! How do you find the synthetic horse hair? Similiar to the tuxedo? I have been thinking of the one from Maggards
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