03-13-2012, 10:43 PM
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Crossposting this from another forum, to show you folks the refinishing project I took on with my semogue 2015hd brush. the lacquer (or varnish?) was starting to crack and peel on it pretty badly so I figured it was best to completely remove it and get some new stain and polyurethane back on the brush so the water wouldn't mess with an unprotected piece of wood.

In my process, I messed up on the staining a bit because I had a brain fart and forgot to wipe off the stain, letting it sit on the brush for far too long.....

my buddy is good with painting and staining and is currently unemployed so I sent the brush off to him so he could fix up my mistakes and restain and seal the brush.

anyhow, here is how the brush looked with the lacquer peeling and flaking off:

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Here's how she looks after about an hour in the lacquer thinner, with me taking it out every 20 minutes or so to wipe off what didn't dissolve on its own:

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after I took those photos, I hit the wood with a 1000 grit sand paper to ensure that any residue was gone and to touch up around the silver ring area that had some a few tacky spots.

I kept trying to fix the few lighter spots on the brush, but couldn't get that ironed out on its own without having to sand down the wood to lighten out the entire brush so I could restain it. unfortunately, at the time, I was in the process of buying a house so I didn't have time to take that project on so I gave the brush to my buddy who has some time and he is working on it for me.

this is how she looked before I sent the brush off to my friend:

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you can tell from the photos I'll post below that some spots were darker than others. I didn't take any other photos after I tried to fix the lighter spots due to time constraints. however, I did make sure my friend took photos of the progress so I could keep everyone updated. here's how it looks now after he spent about 30 minutes sanding the wood some to lighten up the stain (you can definitely see where the lighter spots were):

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here's some photos my buddy sent me after he finished up sanding the brush. I was shocked that he was able to basically get rid of ALL of the old stain:

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and some more sanding before the brush gets some stain:

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My buddy was able to apply 1 coat of stain (KONA is the color he went with) on the brush today. He said he has to sand a spot or two then he'll apply the 2nd coat of stain and probably 3 coats of polyurethane to give it a nice glossy look.

Here's a few photos. In the first few, you'll notice that he taped up the badger hair so there was no stain getting on them and he also attached some yarn so he could hang it to paint the bottom of the brush properly:

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1 coat of polyurethane on the brush! looking good so far:

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some more photos of the brush with 2 coats of polyurethane:

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updated photos with 3 coats of polyurethane:

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my buddy still has the brush and should be finished up soon. he became pretty sick over the past few months and wasn't able to work on it, but I wasn't in any rush since I had a few new brushes to use anyhow...

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 03-14-2012, 03:57 AM
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  • Johnny
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That is looking great. Hard to believe that is the same brush.

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 03-14-2012, 04:35 AM
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That's very interesting.

However, how did the lacquer started chipping? Do you lather using a cup or something? I'm asking you this because the flaking might be caused because of the handle banging on the wall of the cup.

You could have saved the original sticker, glue it and then put the coats of polyurethane. That would make a nice engraving that wouldn't come off for certain!

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 03-14-2012, 07:05 AM
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Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing.

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 03-14-2012, 09:06 AM
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(03-14-2012, 04:35 AM)Leon Wrote: That's very interesting.

However, how did the lacquer started chipping? Do you lather using a cup or something? I'm asking you this because the flaking might be caused because of the handle banging on the wall of the cup.

You could have saved the original sticker, glue it and then put the coats of polyurethane. That would make a nice engraving that wouldn't come off for certain!

I was given the brush in that form from a fellow shaver for helping him do some things with his site.

I'm not worried about the logo, really. Teiste said if I need one, he can send me one, but it's not a big deal to me.

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 03-14-2012, 09:58 AM
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  • Teiste
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Ill be sending you one,Andrew,the brush needs its sticker!!!

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 03-14-2012, 11:15 AM
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(03-14-2012, 09:58 AM)Teiste Wrote: Ill be sending you one,Andrew,the brush needs its sticker!!!

if you insist... Tongue

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 03-14-2012, 03:35 PM
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  • Sully
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Nice work! That is a pretty amazing transformation.

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 03-17-2012, 08:35 PM
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Wow, that dark brown is sure a fine improvement on the brush!!
Beautiful. You should send some of the pics to Semogue in Portugal!

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 03-17-2012, 10:13 PM
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(03-17-2012, 08:35 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, that dark brown is sure a fine improvement on the brush!!
Beautiful. You should send some of the pics to Semogue in Portugal!

maybe I will once I get it back.


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 03-17-2012, 10:17 PM
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Nice!

Any idea how much total time it took?

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 03-17-2012, 10:24 PM
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(03-17-2012, 10:17 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Nice!

Any idea how much total time it took?

I can ask my friend and let everyone know. do note, he still has the brush to do some touch ups before he sends it back.

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 03-18-2012, 12:21 AM
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Andrew, your friend have good hands.

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 03-20-2012, 07:34 PM
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Andrew, I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product. It's already looking good.

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 03-25-2012, 10:24 AM
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It looks fantastic. Now I wish Semogue made a darker wood versions

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 03-25-2012, 01:45 PM
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(03-25-2012, 10:24 AM)sp514 Wrote: It looks fantastic. Now I wish Semogue made a darker wood versions

indeed!

I like darker stains myself.

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 03-26-2012, 01:41 PM
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A SOC in mahogany? Oh yes.

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