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    It would appear, water got under the finish and it flaked away. Which is why wood is not the best material for a brush handle that will be in contact with water for long periods of time. Not only dunked into water but water wicked deep into the brush.

    First find out what the existing finish is. Dip a Qtip in Lacquer thinner and touch it to the finish, if it loosens up, its lacquer. Alcohol will dissolve shellac. If neither work it is some kind of synthetic finish.

    If it was not an expensive brush it was probably finished in spray lacquer and the mortise was not sealed and wicked moisture.You could touch it up with the same finish, but most likely will see where the two finishes meet, unless you strip completely and refinish the whole handle.

    If the mortise/socket was not sealed, you will likely have the same problem again no matter the finish, and you will not know unless you remove the knot.Tape the brush as said, sand and reapply, with finish of choice.

    I too kind of like the “fade” finish, and would probably just put some paste wax on it and call it good.
    Last edited by Euclid440; 12-12-2018 at 07:23 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid440 View Post

    I too kind of like the “fade” finish, and would probably just put some paste wax on it and call it good.
    This was my thought as well.
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