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Favorite/best brush for high gloss poly finish?

Ox hair, white China, Blend of the two? What brand of brush? I dont mind spending some for a better brush.
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what finish are you planning on using ?
Makes a difference

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Polyurethane finish.
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Jdutton = what kind of painting or finishing have you done in the past ?
what kind of brush do you normally use ?
what part of the world do you live in ?
when you say: Polyurethane; is it oil or water based ?
inside or outside project ? and the project itself.

painting and finishing is a learned skill.
what really comes heavily into play is the atmospheric conditions (temperature & humidity) of your area, what finish you use, how you thin it, how much you put on your brush, how thick of a film you apply in one coat, yada yada yada.

I have brushes that cost $25.00 and more. I also have brushes from Harbor Freight.
on some projects, I can achieve the same exact finish using both.

so just suggesting one brush, or type of brush, is not an adequate answer to your question.
practice, practice and more practice with different finishes under different conditions
will make you a better finisher.

Edit: when you have time, you may find this article helpful if you intend to
be doing much painting and finishing in the future.
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/a...t-polyurethane

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I use only Purdy brushes.
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Jdutton = what kind of painting or finishing have you done in the past ?
what kind of brush do you normally use ?
what part of the world do you live in ?
when you say: Polyurethane; is it oil or water based ?
inside or outside project ? and the project itself.

painting and finishing is a learned skill.
what really comes heavily into play is the atmospheric conditions (temperature & humidity) of your area, what finish you use, how you thin it, how much you put on your brush, how thick of a film you apply in one coat, yada yada yada.

I have brushes that cost $25.00 and more. I also have brushes from Harbor Freight.
on some projects, I can achieve the same exact finish using both.

so just suggesting one brush, or type of brush, is not an adequate answer to your question.
practice, practice and more practice with different finishes under different conditions
will make you a better finisher.

Edit: when you have time, you may find this article helpful if you intend to
be doing much painting and finishing in the future.
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/a...t-polyurethane
Oil based poly, I live in central Alabama, some experience with oil poly but not much. Used a foam brush then on butt stock. average results.
Current project is a bookshelf type piece building for the wife. spruce top. stained top with painted shelves. (its what she wanted). Thanks for the help and I apologize for lack of information
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I use only Purdy brushes.
I was looking at the ox hair one from purdy
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I have several Purdy and Wooster brushes in different
bristle styles. personally speaking, I prefer the natural bristles.
badger, ox hair, etc. I have a few nylon bristle brushes and never use them.
the "correct" foam brush will also work. (no, they are not all the same).
if you read the article mentioned above, you may be able to better
understand which would suit your project the best.
looking forward to seeing your finished project.

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For glue, I use 3/8 inch acid brushes about $10 per gross. (Ace)
For anything that needs to be sanded I use either a rag or a cheap Harbor Freight brush. (Chinese something or other)
For the top coat I'll either spray or wipe with a rag.

It is possible to wipe water base but only once does it and be quick. (Not applicable for large surfaces)

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