01-24-2013, 10:55 AM
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Hi folks. This is a pretty minor customization compared to others I've see here, but I thought it looks nice, so I want to show off my painted handle for my Proraso/Omega 48 brush.

I've had this brush since I started wetshaving in about 2006 or 07. I got it back in the good old days when Target was carrying Proraso products.

Since it was so cheap I didn't bother taking care of it so the handle started to get beat up. I thought about just buying a new one for $12 but since the knot is so nice and broken in I figured I'd see what I can do to make it look nice again. I did a search or two and found out that the knot can easily be pulled out. I already had some spray paint for plastics in the garage so I decided to have a go at it the next day. To my surprise, my wife went ahead and painted it for me while I was at work so I came home yesterday to find it all done. I think she did a good job. At any rate, below are some photos. They are all taken with my phone, so nothing professional:

Before (note how the handle is worn through to the plastic in parts):
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Handle popped off:
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Close up of the wear and tear on the handle
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Paint used:
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After:
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Bottom:
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With the rest of my humble brush collection (ignore the dust!):
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 01-24-2013, 10:58 AM
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  • Johnny
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And your address is..........Biggrin

That looks very nice.

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 01-24-2013, 11:15 AM
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  • blzrfn
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That looks amazing, did you happen to add any weight to the handle while you had it apart?

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 01-24-2013, 11:16 AM
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  • Teiste
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Nice , my friend.I like that new handle color.

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 01-24-2013, 11:32 AM
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(01-24-2013, 11:15 AM)blzrfn Wrote: That looks amazing, did you happen to add any weight to the handle while you had it apart?

I thought about it as I just read of others doing the same thing, but I haven't really felt a need to do so. The knot is pretty easy to pull out so I can do it anytime if I change my mind. I wonder what the best material would be to put in there?

One other thing I like is that the paint is textured so it adds a nice 'grippy' feel to the brush.

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 01-24-2013, 11:40 AM
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Not bad...not bad at all! Just goes to show you how a simple customization could turn out a great looking handle! Nice work! Off to the hardware store I go. Biggrin

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 01-24-2013, 11:57 AM
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Very nice!

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 01-24-2013, 12:36 PM
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  • Songwind
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That turned out very nicely. I totally understand not wanting to replace it despite it being inexpensive. If either of my boars were to get chipped, scratched, etc I wouldn't want to give up the softness, either.

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 01-24-2013, 03:20 PM
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  • tgutc
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Great job! That looks very nice.

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 01-24-2013, 03:23 PM
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  • Blue line
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TARGET carried Proraso? Good job on the brush.

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 01-24-2013, 03:34 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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Nice job Norm. Great idea Sir!!!

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 01-24-2013, 03:38 PM
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  • Dave
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That's snazzy Norm. Very nice job on that one.

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 01-24-2013, 03:53 PM
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(01-24-2013, 03:23 PM)Blue line Wrote: TARGET carried Proraso? Good job on the brush.

They sure did. I don't think it was for long (maybe less than a year if I remember right). I stocked up when they were clearancing everything out at 50% off. Got this brush for $6 or $7 I believe.

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 01-24-2013, 03:54 PM
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  • Dave
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(01-24-2013, 03:53 PM)norm Wrote:
(01-24-2013, 03:23 PM)Blue line Wrote: TARGET carried Proraso? Good job on the brush.

They sure did. I don't think it was for long (maybe less than a year if I remember right). I stocked up when they were clearancing everything out at 50% off. Got this brush for $6 or $7 I believe.

Send your paypal Norm. I'll be glad to reimburse your $7 Biggrin

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 01-25-2013, 08:25 AM
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  • vferdman
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  • Western Massachusetts
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Great brush and great new paint job! One thing wrong with the collection: only ONE boar. Though an Omega 48 is more than enough boar brush for most people. Wonderful brush. If you want to add weight you can use just about anything with high density. Lead fishing weights, buckshot, old nuts and bolts. I restored an Ever-Ready 100T brush and the handle is cheap hollow type, so I put an old brake caliper bolt in there and epoxied it in with JB-Weld to fill the empty space. This totally transformed the handle from cheap feeling one to a super high end one. I also ground away sharp edges that those handles have and put in an Omega Boar knot from TGN. It has become one of my favorite boar brushes.

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 01-25-2013, 09:58 AM
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Thanks everybody for the compliments. Definitely a very simple way to make an old brush look new again. Spraypainting as a handle is a loose definition of "restoration," but it feels like it was restored to me.

(01-24-2013, 03:54 PM)Dave Wrote: Send your paypal Norm. I'll be glad to reimburse your $7 Biggrin

I'll pass, thanks Smile

(01-25-2013, 08:25 AM)vferdman Wrote: Great brush and great new paint job! One thing wrong with the collection: only ONE boar. Though an Omega 48 is more than enough boar brush for most people. Wonderful brush. If you want to add weight you can use just about anything with high density. Lead fishing weights, buckshot, old nuts and bolts. I restored an Ever-Ready 100T brush and the handle is cheap hollow type, so I put an old brake caliper bolt in there and epoxied it in with JB-Weld to fill the empty space. This totally transformed the handle from cheap feeling one to a super high end one. I also ground away sharp edges that those handles have and put in an Omega Boar knot from TGN. It has become one of my favorite boar brushes.

You'll be happy to know I just received a Semogue 830 in the mail yesterday so I now have two boars Smile Thanks for the suggestion on the weighting, I may try it now. That Ever-Ready brush of yours looks fantastic.

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 01-25-2013, 10:03 AM
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  • blzrfn
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For weight I would melt some wax and pour it in, that way it is reversible in case you add to much or end up not liking the feel.

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 01-25-2013, 10:25 AM
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(01-25-2013, 10:03 AM)blzrfn Wrote: For weight I would melt some wax and pour it in, that way it is reversible in case you add to much or end up not liking the feel.

i like that idea. i'm going to try it, thanks.

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 01-25-2013, 10:31 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Very nice! Like that gun metal look...

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 01-25-2013, 10:44 AM
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Excellent work!

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