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Must haves for your painting arsenal! Guest Blogger -Trinda from Dearly Distressed

Wise Owl Must Haves 

Who am I, and what do I have to share with you today, you ask?
I’m Trinda, a displaced Canadian now living in the USA, mommy of two grown girls and owner of Dearly Distressed.
I’m pumped to be the Wise Owl guest blogger, since I have never blogged before in my life. You guys are my first audience in a blog setting.
I help run a Facebook group called Furniture Rehab Addicts with over 20k members (great ones I might add)
What I want to share with you today are my favorite products. Part 2 will be on Pro tips and Tricks with guest contributors (that I’m sure some of you may recognize).
This will be a two part series, as there are SOOOO MANY things I want to mention. I don’t want to overwhelm and lose you guys!
Stay with me here…trust me, this gets better.
Whether you are just starting out, have possibly hit a plateau or are an old hand in painting furniture, I’m hoping you find this information helpful.
I know, some days I get brain farts and need to Google or ask my awesome members their opinions on application techniques or even what their favorite sealer is, because my arm is killing me from waxing… I hate waxing…I still use it sometimes, but I prefer an easier application for sealing.
I’ve tried nearly every brand of boutique paint/wax/sealers/brushes from the cheapest to the most expensive. I have my personal favorites and plan on sharing some of those today as well.

Those of you that do know me (hiiii!!), know that I am direct and to the point…I don’t sugar coat things, and I don’t care if I hurt some feelings along the way with my honest feedback.
I’m also known for my passion and  to get you, the reader, the best possible product out there. Whether it be for easiest application, best durability, coverage, or even to save you a few bucks!

Part 1 Must Haves

Brushes 
Cling Ons!!!

I know I know, we all want to save money….and many think all brushes are the same, or even that in the end you will have the same outcome no matter which you choose.
Sorry, this is a BIG FALSE. No, No, No….. Not all brushes are created equal. How do I know? Because, I thought the same thing when I started out…No way was I paying 45 bucks for a “you know who’s”  Paint brush…yea, not happening, so I went to the hardware shop and grabbed a nice angled brush, paid a whole 5.99 for that baby.
I was pretty impressed with my purchase, and thought, gee, this works pretty good!
Yea……it worked “pretty good” with my homemade chalky paint recipe…..
But then I moved on to “boutique” brands, and realized, it was “ok” but maybe this is why people rave about the “real” chalky paint brushes when using chalky type paints. So, I went all out and bought a “real” chalk type paint brush, natural bristles….. It was awkward at first then I got the hang of it……but noticed it was leaving grooves in my paint, and within months my bristles got so short, the paint wasn’t flowing well either.
Karen Chouinard tried convincing me I’d love the Cling On brushes….but I’m stubborn, and said, I’d hate it because of the long handles and god forbid I try something a retailer was “pushing” on me…but….a year later I tried my first Cling On after giving up hope I’d ever find a brush I LOVED, enough to start telling everyone how great they were…. Seriously…Cling On all the way people.
It’s a synthetic bristle brush made in the Netherlands, employing people with disabilities (bonus)They are AFREAKINMAZING.
When bought from Wise Owl you’re guaranteed quality and awesome customer service to boot!
There are a lot to choose from, don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed because wise owl offers bundle pack
My personal favorite is the F40…why? Because I come from a family of painters…wall painters that is. So I am used to the flat brush.
Their biggest seller WAS the O40, til their new Matte Varnish arrived on the shelves (more about that in a few minutes) now my favorite has hit the top of the sales chart!
On top of being the best dang brush out there….you won’t break the bank either, super affordable starting at $18.50.  Remember, you’re only as good as the tools you use, people, don’t be afraid to invest in the best!!!
Did I mention they even have these funny looking angled brushes for hard to reach areas? 

Let’s talk about Non-wax SEALERS for your chalk style paint.
Wise Owl’s Matte Varnish

Did you know Wise Owl now carries a water based Matte Varnish?
It’s Matte.…but not completely Matte, it does have a subtle sheen to it. Why? Because.
The “matte-ifying” agents in “Matte” sealers stay more porous and has less durability, sorry, but this is the truth. You’ve probably noticed after applying a Matte finish, that it kinda still feels like the chalky type paint you just used. With Wise Owl’s Matte Varnish, it won’t yellow if applied properly (not too thick!!! And keep a chip brush handy for any pooling, I will go more into this in the Tips and Tricks part of this blog, so keep an eye out)
It saves the ol arm from waxing a whole piece, and goes on great with the F50 Cling On!!! Ohhh yea, sooo smooth baby!!
This stuff goes on crystal clear people!
I hear word on the street is they are coming out with a Satin version too!
Guess what I just found out? I tried using this as a decoupage medium, yes I said it, it’s officially a universal product and it works!!! So not only are you getting a crystal clear sealer, but a decoupage medium (and I’ll be testing out it’s transferring abilities soon), for the price of ONE product!
Pics and more chat about this in part 2, so stay tuned for this!

WAX (If you MUST wax, this is the only wax you’ll need)
Wise Owl’s Furniture Salve

What can I say….I hate waxing…like seriously hate it. BUT….. If I have to, my new favorite is Wise Owl’s Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve (most popular scent)this stuff is THE BOMBDIGGITY of universal use “wax”.
It’s not just a wax, it’s also hemp oil. I don’t know how they did this, but I use this shit on everything…well maybe not on fabric (unless it’s leather), but pretty much everything else is fair game. Like I’m talking even great for flyaway hair and cutting boards here. Plus is smells heavenly. *sighs*
***update I now know how they made this!
So, Karen sent me some as soon as they made the first batch to try out…It sat in my workshop for at least a month, because it was friggin wax…..and I was thinking, I’ll never use this stuff.
But one day I did an antique shelf in Antique Villa, heavily distressed, and thought, here’s an opportunity to try this stuff out.
Well I opened that can up and it was love at first smell…I dipped my rag in there and started to wipe it on the shelf and thought, Hmmm, ok, this goes on nicely, smells good, easy to work with, smooth as buttah!

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I started using the Furniture Salve on EVERYTHING after that day.
It’s GREAT for inside musty drawers, on the sliders to keep from sticking (though I quickly learned I loved this product so much I didn’t want to waste it on sliders anymore and used regular wax for that.)
It revives dried out leather, just like the Wise Owl Hemp Oil will, but the salve smells so good and buffs so nicely on the leather. I’ve also used it over old lackluster metal to give it a new look and just buffed it off. ( BTW, you don’t need to Buff as vigorously as you do with regular waxes, another bonus).
The Furniture Salve gives just as much protection as any other wax would, so no worries on losing the durability for the versatility here!
Also, just so you know….Wise Owl also makes this Salve in CLEAR!!
So there’s a Lemon Verbena, a Lavender and a Clear/no scent.  The clear is ideal for food grade surfaces like cutting boards unless you want your cutting boards to smell like lemon verbena, then have at it.

Glazes

Most everyone I know or hear from have at one time or another been afraid of Glazing…some of you may still be… There’s a neat trick to applying glazes that we will touch in the tips and tricks section of part II so stay tuned!

Sometimes when you paint furniture or anything with nice details, you just know it needs more depth or it’s missing that ” je ne sais quoi?”. This is when Glaze comes into play.

 

Glaze over layered Limestone and Gray Linen by Dreamin’ Big Designs

 

 

Whether you’re adventurous or like to stay in your comfort zone, you’ll find a Glaze color with Wise Owl’s HUGE selection of glazes. 

Dark Star Glaze! Metallic blue goodness

Wise Owl Black Walnut Glaze is their biggest seller, quickly followed by Dark Star (makes me think of Star Wars), one of their newest colors.
But if you’re the adventurous type then you’ll be surprised to see they offer 16 , yea I know….16 colors, in which 10 are metallic.
Considering how far a can of glaze goes, you really can’t go wrong with their pricing either.
So Wise Owl, hands down has the biggest and colorful selection out there.
Get ready to get your credit cards out people, you won’t be able to stop at just one color!

Pssst, but that’s ok, because I have a coupon code for you 😉

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Check back soon for Part 2

Thanks for reading!!

Trinda -Dearly Distressed

 

 

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Top 10 tips for refinishing furniture for profit

Do you think you would like to try your hand at refinishing furniture for profit?  Do you seek a job that allows you to be creative, maintain a flexible schedule, and has great personal rewards?  Following these tips will help lead you towards success.

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1. Have a contract!
Listen up, this is majorly important!!! If you do commission work, start out with a contract.  Protect yourself and get paid for all the those inevitable add ons and all of your hard work. Your clients will respect you for being professional, don’t be afraid to be clear from the beginnings that you are paid according to specifications outlined in the contract. Most of us have had that difficult customer with 20 change orders and you don’t want to go into that relationship without some backup. Specify costs for paint, distressing, glazing, finishing products and size and detail of piece. Don’t forget to include no refunds and costs for touch-ups down the road if available. Communicate with your clientele by setting clear terms and expectations as well as negotiating the ever important factor… price. Send updates, keep them abreast on the schedule if you are ahead or behind, and reassure them that their piece is in good hands.contract

2. Do not cut corners!

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Snow Owl Dresser by The Salvaged Boutique

Us furniture painters, we are a breed that is one in the same usually. We have a touch of ADD, love starting a project but sometimes dread finishing it, and many of our at home projects may be waiting on something as simple as putting on the hinges (I am totally guilty!) I painted my buffet 2 years ago and I never put the hinges back on. You cannot skip the small stuff with a paying customer. Consider lining the drawers, making repairs so that your project is solid, painting the back of a piece even though it wouldn’t likely show when pushed up against a wall, and replacing loose, or damaged hardware. Small upgrades on hardware can dramatically affect the value and curb appeal of your restoration.  And most importantly FINISH THE PROJECT! Do not give to your customer saying you just need to wax it, or they will need to fix the drawer slides. Give them a solid, beautifully finished piece that keeps them coming back for more of your creations.

My Buffet I painted in Joyful with black walnut glaze... still missing hinges! Oops

My Buffet I painted in Joyful with black walnut glaze… still missing hinges! Oops

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Robins egg desk by The salvaged Boutique

3. Do not undercut your value and the value of other painters!
This should really be #1!
Some points to remember;
A. Furniture is not made the same these days, they do not last 150 years like that Eastlake dresser you may be refinishing. The materials used in most antiques cost an arm and a leg in today’s market (hence the reason furniture is no long “crafted”.)
B. Your time is valuable! Murphy’s law applies here more than ever. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Think about the time it will take you to finish a piece and then add 20% more time as a buffer. This will help protect your profit margin and give the customer a realistic time frame when their piece will be finished. This may help eliminate the “When will I have my finished piece?” questions from clients that may lead to you feeling rushed, and you need to proceed without the need to hurry your projects.
C. You are stepping into a job market where your presence could potentially take business from fellow colleagues. In this small niche of the market you will find some of the most helpful people. We will reach out from far and wide to offer you tips, techniques, advice, and emotional support on business and personal alike. In my past professional life I have been a forester, a debt collector, and a tree trimmer. In these trades, I thought most everyone was too caught up in the rat race to help a fellow comrade.  Furniture rehabbers will share their knowledge, offer advice, and guidance.  This unique quality of the furniture business, is the second most rewarding part (#1 obviously being that paint is therapy) of a job that offers mentors around every corner. You would be hard pressed, to find another profession where individuals are more forthcoming with shared tricks and trade secrets with one another.  With that being established, please do not price your pieces to undercut your fellow friends that may have helped you everywhere along the way. Painting and restoring furniture is hard work, and yes it is our passion, but we should value that it is a respected line of work that you shouldn’t price yourself or others out of work.  If you just think about the economics of it long term, you can’t help but predict the crash of this business that is the livelihood of your fellow painters.  Pricing your items at or below bargain basement prices takes away from the legitimacy and value from this line of work. Offering your customers a fair price is important, but be mindful of the time and effort that goes into restoring furniture.  One thing is for certain, your brothers and sisters in the field will respect you for pricing your work based on your value, and you may even gain referrals from them because of it. We all have other painters we refer to when we get overloaded. You will reap benefits and create great networking relationships. You will never tear down your own business by building others up!

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Smokey Quartz nightstand by A Shade of Teal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Staging is Important!
Staging your furniture for resale or for your portfolio of work is more important that some may realize. You may have talent coming out of your ears, but if you have a poor camera, a dimly lit staging area, or a drop-zone filled with the kids toys in your pictures, your work could go unnoticed and under-appreciated. Take the time to make sure the correct color is revealed in pictures, experiment with the lighting on overcast vs sunny days, and make sure to capture your pieces beauty. Be sure if you use filters, it is to only enhance the artistic appeal of the photo, not to change the finish of the furniture. Below is an example that demonstrates just how important proper staging can be to selling.   My friends at Brumley Gap Designs intentionally took a bad pic for this example.  They are very talented folks and agreed to share these.  These photos are  of the same desk, which one would you rather buy?  Notice how not only is the second pic beautiful, it captures the true finish of the piece.
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PROPER FURNITURE STAGING

Black desk by Brumley Gap Designs

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Ewok finds it necessary to become part of all of my staging.

Ewok finds it necessary to become part of all of my staging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Tract your profit and loss
Ok, admittedly this is the one that is not the most fun, but it is essential! I recommend QuickBooks online because it will sync with PayPal and other payments services and credit cards. You may think that it’s all profit but take into consideration gas for delivery, product investment, accessories for the job like tools, drop cloths, sandpaper, hardware, and other incidentals. They add up, and quickly eat into your profits. All of this tracking no only helps you gain an insight to your business value, but will help 10 fold once tax time arrives. Many furniture painters quickly realize that the business growth is exponential and many have to obtain LLCs and other business licenses sooner than later. This responsible business management practice will also show clients that you are so much more than a crayon and paper welding individual with a paint brush ready to paint your family’s heirlooms.

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Sea Salt painted desk by the Salvaged Boutique

6. Know when to say NO!
This part can be hard for many. If a project is outside the scope of your abilities (either artistic, mechanical, or simply time constraints) say NO! It is better to send a customer to another fellow painter and establish a great business relationship, as well as helps those around you that may be seeking work. If you do not have the time to finish a piece in a respectable amount of time, you are doing yourself a disservice my saying yes. take on what you can handle, and accept help if you are getting bogged down with custom work.

7. Paint what you love when painting for resale.
On pieces that are not a commission project, you may consider painting something you don’t really love in the hopes it will sell because it is trending. Why is this a bad idea? You are providing a product that the people obviously like so how could that be bad?
#1. You won’t take the same pride in your piece. Your work is your signature and however small it may seem, is all part of your legacy.
#2. You won’t have as great of a time painting, you will wish the time away instead of relishing in it. Remember the reason we do what we do, because we gain joy from it.
#3. You become known for your work, every piece is part of your portfolio even if you don’t intend for it to be. Paint and create what you love, Don’t be afraid to try new things, but don’t just jump in on the chevron bandwagon if you hate chevron but think it will sell.  It is all about being authentic, and creating a brand for yourself and your creations.  Furthermore, if you see a project that inspires you, apply your own spin on it without completely copying an idea that originated from someone else’s creativity.  We all look for inspiration but it is important to apply your own unique qualities to your finishes and projects.

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Creme chairs painted by The Salvaged Boutique

8. Utilize the free tools available to you through social media!
Many furniture painters reach a huge customer base by utilizing social media like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, periscope, YouTube, and more. The advertising market is making a huge shift in marketing trends and the good news is, most of it, is free! You may consider writing a blog to showcase your work while helping others learn techniques and tips for restoring furniture. Your blog may become a resource for potential customers to view your projects and seek inspiration on pieces for commission work. Show the magnitude of your talents and abilities and set yourself apart from others by creating your brand. Creating events on Facebook, or promoting events you are selling at, helps yourself as well as others selling there. Think of joining more local sales sites, auction sites, or other sales websites to reach a larger audience. Promote your favorite projects and let your work speak for itself.  Remember to follow the rules of each Facebook sales group and respect them!

9. Make sure you invest in the necessary tools to do your job!
This may be the time that you put away your hacksaw and invest is some serious tools. Know how to use them and don’t skimp on the quality of finishing products used. If you know a poly is prone to yellowing, obviously don’t use it on a piece because it is cost effective. Invest in good brushes, a good camera, obviously a cling on paint brush since they are clearly the best! Find which tools and products work for you and don’t be afraid to try out some new ones along the way. Be proud of your stash of goodies and take care of them. Paint brushes shouldn’t be disposable so take care of them (this is a hard one for us painters… again with the ADD… I need to wash out my brush… Look! A squirrel!)Cling On! Brush Care

10. Balance
This has been the single hardest step in my own career. I don’t have the answers on how to win the battle with this huge obstacle we all face. I do know, time for family must be made. Many of us choose this career path to spend more time with family, if you are successful, you will inevitable battle this dragon.  Take time to include family in your

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projects if they are receptive, or have a little project for your kids to finish when working alongside you. Hey it keeps them off the streets, right? I have a bunch of cabinet doors my daughter keeps painting for me when we paint together. She gets a huge kick out of it. Yes, sometime I shoo the kids out of the studio too, they can be a real damper on productivity lol. Finding a balance is imperative to a successful business because if your family supports you, there is no end to the places you will go!

Cabinet door painted by my daughter Claire at age 5.

Cabinet door painted by my daughter Claire at age 5.

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Mermaid Kiss by Wendy Wilshek

I hope you have found this top ten list useful and maybe, you are just having your aha moment when you realize you should be getting paid to paint. If this is the case, I know some of these tips could spare you the hard learned lessons that some of us have encountered along the way. Good luck and go paint! It’s your happy place, after all.

 

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Working on the family balance with Grandma and my girls

Working on the family balance with Grandma and my girls

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Cling On Brush Care

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Cling On!

Cling On! brushes are the favorite brush among furniture painters. They offer superior application, resistant to shedding, and smooth flawless finishing.  Featuring premium synthetic filaments, beech wood painted handle, fully locked in epoxy cement to eliminate shedding, and a stainless steel ferrule.  Hand made in Holland, Cling On! are designed for all waterborne materials. Brushes are available in round, oval, flat, block and angled styles.

Cling On! Brush Care

-Keep string intact on round and oval styles.  They are designed to preserve brush shape and are durable enough to withstand brush cleaning. IMG_1331

-Before using, let your brush “get its feet wet”.  Allow the tips of the bristles to suspend in water.  Wring out lightly before use or spin to remove most of the water.  While painting, it may be beneficial to dip the tips in a little water to keep the paint from drying on the bristles and to produce the smoothest finish.

Cling Ons are designed to be used and stored wet.  This feature contributes to the brush stroke free and flawless finish.  This also prevents paint from drying on, and damaging your bristles.  Life expectancy of a Cling On brush far surpasses other brushes for this reason.

-When not in use, return the brush filaments to water (just the tips), do not saturate the head or handle of your brush in water.  Allowing the bristles to rest on the bottom of container can disfigure them, so use a Cling On brush holder or engineer your own.  Start by using a jar with enough water to suspend the bottom of tips in, and a clip to hold the handle so that the tips keep from resting of the bottom of your container.

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-When you are finished painting you may rinse with water or just return your brush to your brush holder to let the tips suspend in water, the paint will just slide off of the bristles.  A light rinse before use may be necessary and make sure to change out your water as needed.  If necessary, soap and water cleanup is acceptable if paint has been allowed to dry on your bristles.

Find out more about what makes Cling On! brushes so great here; https://wiseowlpaint.com/what-is-so-great-about-cling-on-brushes/

Save on Cling On! brushes by checking out our bundle deals!

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What Is So Great About Cling On Paint Brushes?

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Cling On Paint Brushes
I get so many questions about Cling On Paint Brushes and everyone wants to know what makes them superior to all furniture paint brushes. There are several attributes that make them the go to brush of many professional furniture painters. Here are some reasons why Cling On paint brushes are so wonderful.IMG_2346

ZERO Shedding
You will not lose bristles on your Cling On brushes. They are made in the Netherlands with the most state of the art Dupont filaments that are produced in the USA. The bristles will not break or come lose from the ferrule. No picking stray bristles out of paint is a major plus!

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Cling On brush storage

-Self Cleaning!
Cling on Brushes are designed to be used and stored wet, this means when you are finished painting, simply return bristles to water and the paint will just fall off of the bristles. I use a mason jar with the bristle tips suspended in water. Try using a chip-clip attached to the handle to keep the bristles from resting on the bottom of the jar. This method preserves shape retention and keeps your brushes free of dried on paint! Lightly rinse in warm water before use if necessary, wring out excess water, and you are ready for painting again! No need to scrub with soap and water or wait for your brushes to dry.

-Brush Stroke Free Finish
The smooth silky bristles of the Cling Ons hold plenty of paint and allow for a flawless application that is unmatched by any brush. In turn, will use less paint because of a more uniform application. This application can reduce or eliminate the need to sand out any coarse surfaces of paint and no need to sand out brush strokes. Painting with the brushes slightly wet helps produce a flawless finish and prevents paint from drying on bristles while in use.O35 cling on

Extreme Durability
Today so many paint brushes are treated as disposable, and a cling on brush is designed to last a long time! When it’s time to replace your Cling On, be prepared for a sad goodbye since you will have become attached over your time together. With proper care there these gems will last for years.PBrushes

-A joy to use!
Paint is therapy! I know this now more than ever. In the last year I have come to realize, that to many of us, painting is our “happy place”. Its relaxing, its creative, and for those of us that need a time out from any obstacles and worry in our lives, it provides an unmatched feeling of Zen. I know I’m not alone because, in the last year I have had people tell me painting has helped them deal with loss, with sickness, and with the need to create and have a sense of self. For many creative individuals, our minds are constantly running with ideas, to do lists, and more at the speed of a mile a minute. It’s nice to take a timeout to paint, and the brush itself feels so much smoother when painting. The smooth feeling produced when painting with a Cling On cannot be described.

-Versatility from Multiple Styles and Size
You will find a brush for all projects in the Cling on line. The Cling On Brushes come in the following sizes and styles.Cling On Assortment

 

-Brush Series

clingon-paint-brush-ovalO Series/Oval Styles, ideal for all over painting and great for painting legs and spindles as well as any detailed areas. The O40 is the bestselling Cling On brush and the O45 is a favorite among cabinet painters.
035- Small Oval
040- Medium Oval
045- Large Oval

 

 

 

 

 

Cling On! Brush CareR Series/Round Brush Styles, ideal for all over painting and produce a similar finish to oval brushes but I find the Oval Brushes make for quicker painting but the round styles are best suited for more detailed areas. These will make quick work of painting banisters, spindles and more. The R12 is the perfect brush for small projects like jewelry boxes or photo frames.

R12- Extra Small Round
R14- Small Round
R16- Medium Round
R18- Large round
R20- XL Round

 

 

clingon-paint-brush-flatF Series/Flat Styles, ideal for large surface painting and more. Some painters just prefer a flat brush for all applications and it’s all a matter of personal style and finding what works for you. The large is wonderful for stain and poly applications in addition to painting. I found, when working alongside my husband staining our deck, that the Cling On brush was wonderful for more than just paint. The areas I applied the finish with my F50 Cling on were flawless compared to the streaky finish produced from the large natural bristle brush that the “stain experts” recommended he use. The flat styles are also useful for cabinet painting and more flat surfaces.
F30- Small Flat
F40- Medium Flat
F50-Large Flat

 

 

clingon-paint-brush-angledlP Series/Angled Styles are ideal for all of those tricky areas. I get the most questions about this style. “What are those funky angled ones for?” Once you have used them to reach that area that you couldn’t get to, then you will truly understand their value! They are ideal for pieces like hutches or on the interior of pieces, and for painting under arms of a chair, under a horizontal spindle, and areas that you cannot fit a traditional brush. They aren’t suitable for painting an entire project as they are smaller sizes but you will find many times that you could use one!
P16- Small Angled
P20- Medium Angled
P24-Large Angled

 

 

 

Cling On B12 topcoat brushB12 Block Brush: This giant 130mm block brush is ideal for applying poly, stain, varnish, color washes, and painting walls.  This is one mammoth block brush and believe me, you will find it useful on large projects!  I used mine to stain my deck!

 

 

 

CLING ON! Brush Tips -Let your bristles absorb some water prior to use. Some say, let your brush “Get its feet wet”. -Do not remove the attached strings present on the round and oval styles. They help preserve shape retention of brush. Try to keep from dipping the brush up to the strings to preserve the life and make brush cleanup easier. -Lightly wring out or spin brush handle between hands to remove excess water prior to use. -Store your brush in water when not in use. A little water in the bottom of a mason jar and a chip clip attached to the handle to keep bristles suspended, will provide an excellent home for your brush and make cleanup a breeze. -Dip the tips of bristles in a little water while painting if the paint seems to be drying on the bristles. This is especially useful while working outdoors and will help promote the flawless brush stroke free finish.

Favorites:  I hope this answers any Cling On! Questions about selecting the right brush as well as use and care. If I had to select a set for all furniture painters, I would recommend:
All projects: Oval Medium- O40 
Cabinet Painting: Oval Large- O45
Med to large projects: Flat Medium- F40
Detailed areas, spindes, legs:  Med or Large Round- R16 or R18
Cutting in, detail, small projects: Extra Small round- R12
Hard to reach places and inside hutches: Angled medium or Large- P20 or P24.

 

You can buy Cling On Paint Brushes here!  Interested in becoming a Wise Owl Paint or Cling On brush Vendor?  Send us a request!  

 

Don’t forget to check out our blog on how to care for your Cling On Brushes! 

Happy Painting!
Karen Chouinard
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