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    I'm looking for advice on how to repair the wooden handle on my brush. This brush was purchased from Straight Razor Designs from the Stephen's Woodshop line I believe a few years ago. It's a great brush, but the soap has eaten away at the finish. Any advice is appreciated. Keep in mind I'm not a wood guy, so I will most likely need detailed instructions.
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    I guess im missing something as i dont see an issue. It dont look broken.
    It's just Sharpening, right?
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    You could trying to tape the knot to protect it then get to hand sanding. Once you get the old finish off stain it the color you like then seal it with a marine finish. I’ve used waterlox on my brushes but they have only been in use for a short period of time. I did finish a vanity counter top with waterlox some 8 years ago for a client and haven’t seen or heard any I’ll affects from water and it’s used daily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    I guess im missing something as i dont see an issue. It dont look broken.
    It is kind of hard to tell from the picture, but the varnish is gone right under the bristles up unto the handle color turns dark mahogany. The lower 2/3rd's is still protected, the botton 1/3rd isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfk742 View Post
    You could trying to tape the knot to protect it then get to hand sanding. Once you get the old finish off stain it the color you like then seal it with a marine finish. I’ve used waterlox on my brushes but they have only been in use for a short period of time. I did finish a vanity counter top with waterlox some 8 years ago for a client and haven’t seen or heard any I’ll affects from water and it’s used daily.
    Thanks. A co-worker who is pretty good with wood suggested something similar. He said I could sand it down to the halfway lip and try and match the stain, then finish with a marine grade spar varnish. I'll definitely check into the waterlox.

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    I’m not a wood guy either, but unless the photo is misleading, I kind of like the two tone effect on the handle. If it were mine, I’d just clean off any residue and loose finish and apply a waterproofing to the brush as is. We often leave the patina on vintage blades so why not do the same for a brush?
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    I'm with DZEC it looks cool like that. I'd tape the knot off with blue painters tape. (Doesn't stick to the bristles as bad). Scuff the whole handle with 0000 steel wool, apply a new sealer. Spar urethane, or Birchwood n Casey Tru-oil. (Gun stock finish ).
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    I guess I should ask this...are you soaking your brush.?
    Not a good idea, for wood. Unless u know its been totally sealed, inside and out of the handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outback View Post
    I guess I should ask this...are you soaking your brush.?
    Not a good idea, for wood. Unless u know its been totally sealed, inside and out of the handle.
    I didn’t ask this before, but are you hanging the brush with bristles down to dry out? I have a few of those really cheap plastic brush holders To do that. They don’t cost more than a few dollars each and help save the handles and the keep the knot glue intact.
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    I understand the issue now. I thought the two tone was the way it was made. I think it looks great. Id do like Mike, tape the bristles, rough it up, wipe it down with a cleaner like Acetone, dry for 10 minutes and recoat with Tru-oil, or a light stain then seal a day later.
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