09-17-2015, 02:48 PM
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Here are two restorations I just finished that I thought I'd share.  I like the vintage stuff and really like the unusual vintage brushes.  I've done a few over the years, really enjoyed these two.

The first is an Adoration Brush with an "Applesauce" Handle.  Wasn't in very good shape when I got it, the knot was falling out and it was pretty marked up.  Someone even carved initials in the bottom of the handle which I immediately sanded out.  A little drilling got the remaining knot out and then I widened the opening to accept a 28mm Silvertip Knot.  Progressive sanding from 260 up to 3000 grit got most if not all dings and scratches out.  I was careful around the lettering, the imprint was very good and deep so I wanted to preserve as much as possible.  Then a good polishing and I was very happy with the results.  Painted the letters and set the knot with silicone.  I've been using silicone for about 2 years now and very happy with the results.  No more epoxy.  Set the knot to roughly 58mm as it is dense.  Very happy with the results.  Before and after pictures. The mark in the handle is a reflection, not a scratch.[Image: 96QxT9B.jpg][Image: Zr42olF.jpg]

The next one was a little different both in looks and the challenge it represented to refinish.  It's shape grabbed my attention right away.  Remind you of anything/one? 
It was very discolored when I got it, very yellow and the lettering was not deep so I didn't want to lose what was left by sanding so I had to find another way.  I was able to chemically whiten the top part but that took about a week of soaking, I'm not normally a patient person.  Once the knot was drilled out I only had to expand the opening a slight amount to fit a 28mm silvertip knot inside.  Before inserting the knot I polished both top and bottom till I was happy with the results and then repainted the lettering.  Since the lettering wasn't very deep I had to settle with what you see but it was better than nothing and that's what I would have had if I sanded.  Set the knot at 58mm with silicone.  Thanks for looking.

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 09-17-2015, 05:12 PM
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Two lovely-looking brushes! You have very good taste in brush handles! Thumbsup

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 09-17-2015, 05:42 PM
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Two very nice restorations, but I especially like the Adoration.

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 09-18-2015, 03:12 AM
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Fine looking restos.

Bob

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 09-18-2015, 04:17 AM
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  • Balj86
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Awesome job, those brushes look awesome. Enjoy it in good health!

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 09-19-2015, 09:41 AM
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Really nice brushes but I concur that adoration is the cats pajamas

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 09-20-2015, 05:34 PM
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  • refles
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Wonderful restoration work, love to see new life put into lovely handles!


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 09-20-2015, 05:39 PM
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  • DLP
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Very nice work.

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 09-22-2015, 10:17 AM
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Sweet, love the two-tone handles.

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 09-23-2015, 06:18 PM
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Thanks everyone for the kind words.  I'm working on another Adoration which I'll post up when it is finished.  Also have a nice Klenzo handle that caught my eye, should have that one finished soon.

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 09-23-2015, 06:42 PM
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Nicely done and my hat off to you, nice work.

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