My Little Rubberset Restore...

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by HolyRollah, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    So in all my free time the past few weeks, I've managed to do some restoration work on a number of straight razors, cabinets, razor storage, etc. One thing I haven't done in a good long time is a shaving brush restore.

    So I snagged this little 'gem'—and I use this term loosely as this Rubberset is in need of some serious TLC.
    I suppose I just love a GOOD challenge! :D I'm not sure of the diameter of the knot & won't be certain until I have the old brush in hand. TGN boar? TGN badger? Hmmmm.:think002:

    Any helpful tips about these long-handled beauties you more-experienced brush men can throw my way would be greatly appreciated on such topics as knot-removal, knot types, adhesives....

    It should be fun. :)

  2. Darkbulb

    Darkbulb Cookie Hoarder

    This will be fun to watch :)
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  3. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    Indeed a challenge..the poor thing looks like it's been worked over by the devil.. I'm sure though you'll do something nice with of luck...
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  4. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    The phillips head screw in the rubber mount is a nice touch...
  5. Radiotube

    Radiotube RADInOverdrive

    I thought I was seeing things... but that really is a screw... LOL. You really do like a challenge, Kevin! I would have passed this one by. Maybe I should reconsider the two old brushes (in similar condition) I saw at a downtown antique store if they're still there.
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  6. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    That brush has seen a lot of action. I'm sure you will give it new life again. Be sure to use a stainless phillips head screw when you restore it.
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  7. BigMark

    BigMark Tests razors by shaving Wookies

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  8. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    Nothing but the finest appointments will do! Maybe a torx head will give it that chíc modern vibe!
  9. TitanTTB

    TitanTTB Well-Known Member

    I suppose the screw was likely put there to keep the ferrule from spinning & the furniture tack above it was to keep the knot from falling out the top. Removal should be easy... back the screw out and twist.
    I'll be looking forward to the after picture on this one.

    I think a 'Good Luck!' is in order.
  10. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    Kinda gives it that art deco look..:cool:
  11. Stubbl E

    Stubbl E Well-Known Member

    "Dr Dulcama" has done quite a few restores of these old wood handled professional style brushes on the other forums and often he documented the process quite thoroughly in both text & pictures. Those ferrules usually unscrew and there's often an inner ring as well, both which can be a little tricky navigating around your first time through, but his posts are excellent primers.. That said, I recently finished a couple of similar restos where the ferrules weren't threaded (Dubl Duck & C-MON aluminum handles and a small Strong Set wood handle with a hard rubber ferrule), so there's no "standard model" to work from.
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  12. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    It is recoverable. Sometimes you ask yourself why, but it is recoverable.
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  13. Bristle Me

    Bristle Me Insufficient

    Hey, no puttin' the bad mouth on that screw.
    The original owner paid extra for that!
    It was a safety item, standard on the hi-speed model brush. :D
  14. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    Isn't that the truth?
    I know there are plenty of other less abused old brushes out there, but the overall sad quality of this brush (maybe it was the screw & carpet tack, or maybe I'm just a sucker for the marina blue/ivory cream color combo ;)) just compelled me to give it a go.
    Hey, if I can make THIS one look and behave like a usable brush, I'll feel as if I've really accomplished something....
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  15. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    That's what I'm thinking....
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  16. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Knot removal may simply need a Dremel with a simple drill bit for a pilot and a 115 bit to burr out the knot given that the ferrule is held in place with a screw.

    Worry about the wood first then turn your attention to the rubber with Lexol or a really good leather restorer.

    As to the knot, unbanded boar is better in my view on this one.

    Adhesive, I would try Tom's method of silicone adhesive until you find the sweet spot, then you can use clear epoxy.

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  17. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    Thanks, Gary!
    Your's is the sort of helpful information I was counting on!
    I agree on the unbanded. :happy088:
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  18. Luteplayers

    Luteplayers Well-Known Member

    I will be watching this one. Just getting into brush restores myself, but haven't considered one in this shape. Good luck.
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  19. Bobcat

    Bobcat Well-Known Member

    I am also looking forward to following this Kevin!!
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  20. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    Thanks for the lead, Chris!

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