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Ultradog MN Brush Painting

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08-05-2020 21:29:47

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Thank you for sharing those great pictures of items you brush painted. They were absolutely great !
Would you mind sharing how you did it ? Did you thin the paint, use a leveler, or any other techniques etc ?
Many thanks for your help !

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08-08-2020 20:24:39

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 Re: Ultradog MN Brush Painting in reply to farmerhr, 08-05-2020 21:29:47  
For some reason I did not get your email. I will answer as soon as I get it.
Thank you for all your help ! Best Wishes

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08-08-2020 03:26:23

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 Re: Ultradog MN Brush Painting in reply to farmerhr, 08-05-2020 21:29:47  
This tractor was painted with a brush. Agree with everything UD said except on tin I steelwool or wetsand inbetween coats.

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08-06-2020 19:55:17

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 Re: Ultradog MN Brush Painting in reply to farmerhr, 08-05-2020 21:29:47  
Thank you so much for your reply and help. The pictures were wonderful.
I like to use a brush on small parts and castings. The short cleanup time allows me to work when I have limited time and inside our basement.
Have had good luck with Harbor Freight chip brushes of all things. They are inexpensive ($20.00 for 36 0ne inch brushes). Clean up well for at least 15 cleanings. They come in different sizes but I usually use the one inch ones. Their bristles are white and somewhat simiiar to a china bristle I think. I thin my paint and would be happy to share the details if you have an interest.
Once again thank you for your help. Best wishes !

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08-08-2020 02:05:01

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 Re: Ultradog MN Brush Painting in reply to farmerhr, 08-06-2020 19:55:17  
I sent you an email.

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08-06-2020 14:48:14

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 Re: Ultradog MN Brush Painting in reply to farmerhr, 08-05-2020 21:29:47  
Thank you.
The key is a good china bristle brush.
They are made for oil based paints. A nylon bristle brush like you use for latex paints will leave more streaks and brush lines in your job.
I use a 1 1/2" angled one. They make them with black or white bristles. I always buy the white ones. Expect to pay $12-$20 for it. If you clean it good afterwards it will last for several jobs.
For the first coat I dip straight out of the can - no thinner.
Long brush strokes.
Don't try to do it with one coat. You'll get it on too thick and have sags and runs.
Second coat I do add a small amount of thinner. Maybe a couple tablespoons thinner to half a quart.
Makes the paint flow better.
Enamel paint takes a long time to dry. So you have plenty of time to inspect your work for drips and runs. Walk around it - brush in hand and look it over for spots you missed or runs and drips and brush them out.
Second coat it the next day or at least within two days so it bonds well the first coat.
I have never painted the tin on a tractor as as I have a spray gun for that. I'm sure you would get a high quality "20/20" job (20 feet or 20 mph) that would look good and last much longer than a rattle can job.
Much cheaper too - even counting the brush.
Here's some front weights I brush painted about a month ago. Rustoleum primer and tractor enamel. Not the best photo but...
I like to brush paint.

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