10-26-2015, 02:20 AM
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I was replying to the other thread about brush stand and it made me decide to ask if anybody knows how to remove the water mark left on my brush by a brush stand. The handle of my brush is genuine horn. Can the mark still be removed? 

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 10-26-2015, 06:00 PM
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I don't know if horn is like wood but if it is the only way to get rid of it would be refinishing the handle because it's impregnated in the fibers. It might be just on the surface it might be deeper inside.

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 10-27-2015, 03:00 AM
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I think it is not just a surface mark. I suspect that it goes deeper. I tried dipping a piece of cotton in vinegar and rubbing it over the surface but the mark is still there  Sad

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 10-27-2015, 03:23 AM
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If it was me I would try Micro Mesh. You can find them anywhere from $15-25 online. Wet sanding abrasives that start at 1500 grit and go up to 12000. 

Again that's what I would do.

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 10-27-2015, 04:26 AM
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Thank you for the tip. Haven't done this before but it sounds promising. I think I'll give it a try and hope for best results.

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 10-28-2015, 03:55 AM
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You soak your brush that much? I must bedoing it wrong. I only soak about 90% of the hair never soaking the knot/glue

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 10-28-2015, 04:51 AM
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Can you feel the mark when you run your fingers along it?  If not, perhaps just applying a number of coats of neatsfoot oil would help revive the horn. Worth a try before you start sanding it down.

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 10-28-2015, 06:34 AM
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(10-28-2015, 03:55 AM)CtrlAltElite Wrote: You soak your brush that much? I must bedoing it wrong. I only soak about 90% of the hair never soaking the knot/glue



No, it's not from soaking the brush. I used a brush stand to dry my brush upside down.

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 10-28-2015, 06:37 AM
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(10-28-2015, 04:51 AM)merkur man Wrote: Can you feel the mark when you run your fingers along it?  If not, perhaps just applying a number of coats of neatsfoot oil would help revive the horn. Worth a try before you start sanding it down.

Yup. I can feel the mark. Bad thing is, it seems to get wider. It started as being a little faint white line. Then it grew thicker and wider. I don't know why it continues to grow. I stopped using the brush stand immediately when I noticed the faint white line.

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 10-28-2015, 07:20 AM
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(10-28-2015, 06:37 AM)squeeze Wrote:
(10-28-2015, 04:51 AM)merkur man Wrote: Can you feel the mark when you run your fingers along it?  If not, perhaps just applying a number of coats of neatsfoot oil would help revive the horn. Worth a try before you start sanding it down.

Yup. I can feel the mark. Bad thing is, it seems to get wider. It started as being a little faint white line. Then it grew thicker and wider. I don't know why it continues to grow. I stopped using the brush stand immediately when I noticed the faint white line.
Looks like you will have to sand it down then.  Sometimes water will soak in and cause the fibers of the horn to swell resulting in a detectable bump.  Horn is pretty forgiving in my experience, just make sure that you use successive grits of sand paper follow it all up with polishing on a rag wheel and it will be as good as new.

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