Flexner on Finishing: Wipe, Don’t Brush


Wiping is the efficient way to apply stain.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 66-68

From the August 2009 issue #177
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The purpose of this article is to emphasize what I’ve said in passing many times in this column: It’s much more efficient to wipe stain onto wood with a rag than to brush it.

Wiping is fast, almost as fast as spraying (without the downside of having to clean the spray gun). Wiping is also every bit as effective in all situations except possibly into recesses such as inside corners, fluting, deep carvings and the like.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against brushing stains. I just don’t see why anyone would do it, especially on large surfaces, and even more especially, when using any stain other than a slow drying oil-based stain. All other stains, including water-based, lacquer and all the dye stains, dry too rapidly to allow time to both brush on and get wiped off of large surfaces before the stain begins drying.


From the August 2009 issue #177
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