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Old 05-14-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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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?


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Old 05-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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Personally I use a latex 4" brush. I just never like the feel that the oil brush has.


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Don't use a natural bristle brush. Even though ZAR is a oil modified stain, you wash first with water then clean with thinner. Bristle brush and water don't mix well.
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I use a 3 inch nylon brush.High quality of course.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #6
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I would use a synthetic bristle brush of quality. Purdy and Wooster were my fave brands. 4" brush should work nicely but hold it in your hand and imagine what it will weigh loaded with paint. Don't get something that will be so heavy you need wrist surgery after using it!

You might think about using a thick nap roller in conjunction with a brush. Roll what you can then chase it with your brush making sure to get stain to the edges and up under the siding.


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