08-27-2015, 12:32 PM
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I'm wondering about the mechanism by which synthetic brushes hold water. I take it even the lattest generation synthetic fibres themselves don't actually absorb any water and so the brush holds water by surface tension in amongst the bristles. This being the case I take it I can dry such a synthetic brush by just splaying the bristles on a towel? Does anyone facilitate the drying of their latest gen. synthetic brushes like this? I ask because I'm looking to buy an ej28 xl stf and I have read one guys claim that it took 10 hours to dry!  I need it to.dry somewhat quicker than that as I travel a lot.

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 08-27-2015, 12:36 PM
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I have the Muhle XL, and had the EJ XL, and they both dry very quickly and in far less time than 10 hours.

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 08-27-2015, 12:39 PM
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  • Agravic
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No special attention required; synthetic brush knots dry much quicker than any natural hair brush knots.
EJ STF XL is currently my travel brush of choice, and fits perfectly into the Muhle travel tube.

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 08-27-2015, 12:58 PM
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I like the idea of a travel tube but I've always been concerned that stuffing the thing in a sealed tube is likely to encourage mould. No funny smells from your ej after a day or so in the tube? I've dried cheap synthetic brushes in no time using a towel before dashing out of a hotel but I wouldn't want to damage the far more expensive and larger ej28.

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 08-27-2015, 01:25 PM
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  • eengler
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I just squeeze, shake, and brush back and forth a few times on a towel. Drop it into a pill bottle and done. I have multiple holes drilled to aid in drying. My Travel brush is the Muhle STF.

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 08-27-2015, 01:34 PM
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  • BobH
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(08-27-2015, 01:25 PM)eengler Wrote: I just squeeze, shake, and brush back and forth a few times on a towel. Drop it into a pill bottle and done. I have multiple holes drilled to aid in drying. My Travel brush is the Muhle STF.

Exactly this. I cannot imagine the circumstances which allow a synthetic to be wet after 10 hours drying time, however I guess it has happened to someone at least once.

Bob

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 08-27-2015, 02:30 PM
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I reviewed the Satin Tip last night on here and mentioned that it dries in 5 minutes by just shaking it out and brushing it across a towel lightly for a few strokes. I am not exaggerating either, it literally was completely dry in 5 to 10 minutes tops. As such, it is going to be my travel brush from now on. In the past I traveled with Plisson and Whipped Dog and both dried in a few hours if I brushed them on a towel really good but I couldn't shave the morning I was traveling. The Satin Tip is $15 and comes with a nice tube to carry it in. I'm not saying it is the best synthetic but it is definitely worth $15. Check out my post from last night if you are interested.

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 08-27-2015, 03:11 PM
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  • Johnny
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I've never owned a synthetic brush that was not dry within two hours max.

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 08-27-2015, 05:25 PM
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I have like 7 new gen synthetics. I just shaken out really well and wipe them on a towel. They are dry in less than 30 minutes.

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 08-27-2015, 06:18 PM
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If only synthetics actually did hold on to water, I could enjoy them just tiny little bit more than now  Tongue

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 08-27-2015, 07:05 PM
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(08-27-2015, 06:18 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: If only synthetics actually did hold on to water, I could enjoy them just tiny little bit more than now  Tongue

So, how long did your synthetics take to dry?

Bob

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 08-27-2015, 07:38 PM
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Synthetic wet for 10 hours? Not doubting it and not saying it's not true I'm just surprised. I have a few synthetic brushes and I usually just use them squeeze them give them a little shake and put them away.

I have dried them like a badger brush on a towel and they were pretty much good to go.

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 08-27-2015, 08:16 PM
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Dry it with bristles up and a fan on it. It'll dry in 30 minutes.

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 08-27-2015, 08:25 PM
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  • SRNewb
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I just bought a synthetic about a week ago. It dries in about 2 hours. I just squeeze out the excess, shake the brush into an empty sink until I stop hearing water droplets hitting the sink, and swipe it across a towel until the top of the knot looks nice, and set it on the shelf next to the rest of my brushes. To be honest, this is exactly how I treat my other brushes, but they take much longer to dry.

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 08-27-2015, 08:40 PM
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Like others, I use a large pill bottle for storing my synthetic brush around. 

My backpack has small compartment near the handle. I keep the bottle there, cap off, with the zipper slightly open. It gets plenty of air.

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 08-27-2015, 09:46 PM
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(08-27-2015, 08:25 PM)SRNewb Wrote: I just bought a synthetic about a week ago. It dries in about 2 hours. I just squeeze out the excess, shake the brush into an empty sink until I stop hearing water droplets hitting the sink, and swipe it across a towel until the top of the knot looks nice, and set it on the shelf next to the rest of my brushes. To be honest, this is exactly how I treat my other brushes, but they take much longer to dry.

That is probably about right for mine too. I said a few hours but probably 2 with the exception of the Satin Tip which is 5 to 10 minutes somehow. I don't use a fan and only do about 3 or 4 strokes on a towel.

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 08-27-2015, 10:09 PM
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If you just take minimal care of it before putting it away it'll be almost dry. I would love to know how the synthetic was treated to take 10 hours to dry.

You need not be concerned about care of a synthetic. even if it molds, and you would need to actually work to make it so, just treat it with bleach. It won't hurt the brush.

I shake mine off, then dry it on a towel, and using the towel put light pressure against the base of the knot to allow capillary action to suck out the water remaining. A few more wrist flips to insure I got most of the loose water and it's pretty much dry before it goes back into the cabinet. Synthetic brushes don't like to hold water.

Be careful with too much pressure at the base of the brush. Force there is a force that tends to remove the knot. Be gentle but assertive, just not too assertive.

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 08-28-2015, 12:04 AM
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(08-27-2015, 07:05 PM)BobH Wrote:
(08-27-2015, 06:18 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: If only synthetics actually did hold on to water, I could enjoy them just tiny little bit more than now  Tongue

So, how long did your synthetics take to dry?

Bob

Can't say that I really cared, but the Edwin Jagger XL STF probably took a good deal longer than the others.

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 08-28-2015, 01:48 AM
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  • BobH
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(08-28-2015, 12:04 AM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(08-27-2015, 07:05 PM)BobH Wrote:
(08-27-2015, 06:18 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: If only synthetics actually did hold on to water, I could enjoy them just tiny little bit more than now  Tongue

So, how long did your synthetics take to dry?

Bob

Can't say that I really cared, but the Edwin Jagger XL STF probably took a good deal longer than the others.

Oh well there you go.

Bob

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 08-28-2015, 02:25 AM
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My Plisson type fibre knots hold quite a lot of water, as a function of adhesion.
Once cleared from soap with medium hot water  and shaken thoroughly, then rubbed on a towel some moisture will stay inside the knot where fibres adhere to each other and cannot be splayed.  After six hours they are reasonably dry, after a little more even the Stirling big knot seems to be fine... you have to rely on evaporation for the amount of water that is inside the knot...


btw Synthetics don´t dry, they just wait for the next use...  Biggrin

Philipp

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