Is There A Good Tutorial?

Discussion in 'Brush Making and Restorations' started by LiveOak, Feb 20, 2011.

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    I just bought this Made Rite brush today. The handle is obviously clear acrylic. The bottom says it is a pure badger brush and the knot is "set in rubber."

    I think it is a good candidate for restore, but I don't know the complete process. Is there a good tutorial on this forum I could use as a guide? I will probably go with a pure badger knot to keep its originality. This will be my first attempt at a restore.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
  2. Hex


    It's a great handle for a restore project.

    I don't recall seeing a tutorial, I learned the small bits I know by reading the posts here.
    Basically it boils down to:
    1) Tape up the handle well, to prevent scratching
    2) Get the old knot out. I have used a Dremel or a drill press with a Forstner bit.
    3) Measure the diameter of the hole for knot size
    4) Visit TGN (The Golden Nib)
    5) Decide what knot you want,,,,might take a while :001_smile
    6) Carefully, clean, sand, polish the handle.
    7) Determine your loft, test set the knot to see if it is what you want.
    8) Glue it in. I use Devcon 5 minute epoxy.

    Enjoy it and post pictures as you progress.

  3. With the clear handle, you might also need to use a little paint where to hide the base of the knot.

    Testor's works pretty well.
  4. Thanks so much! I have been looking at The Golden Nib and was amazed at how affordable a new knot is. I could really see this being addicting. I run across old shave brushes more often than I do good DE's.
  5. Hex


    I forgot to mention that I use a scissors to trim the old knot as far as possible.
  6. Hex


    I wondered about that Dale. If there was some kind of base that the knot sets on.
    This might be a good chance to draw up a logo or initials to be seen through the clear handle.

    On 2nd look, the space for the seating of the knot looks a bit short.

    Live oak, how long is the black bit in mm ?

    I have never tried the pure knots because I like softer. I usually go with the extra stuffed finest or silvertips.
    Or a TGN boar would look great in there.
  7. The black section is 19 mm. Since that is rubber, should I try not to drill that bit out and set the knot back in it, or should I drill all the rubber out, fill the space with epoxy, and then paint the acrylic on the outside? Dumb question, but if I drill the rubber out, the handle isn't hollow past it, is it?
  8. Hex


    I would leave the rubber bit alone. Just get the old glue out.
    I am wondering what is under the old knot. Glue or some kind of base ?

    The two that I had with an amber base, had a solid base which, A) screwed in, or B) was glued to the top.

    Here is a pic of one which I screwed up.
  9. Nice brush and should look great after you've finished the restore.

    There's no one ideal tutorial, just a whole lot of useful posts.

    See my wiki in my sig for some posts that may assist you, especially Kevinms pictorial post .

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