Rod Finish Brushes

There are many ways to apply rod finish, from brush to spatula to darning needles to fingertips. Over the years we have tried all the different methods and we decided that brush application works best for us. Brushes come in a variety of different shapes and quality. From expensive sable brushes to the very inexpensive one time use application brush, the purpose is the same, but the ease of applying your finish may vary with quality. The throw away brushes are great for a quick repair or a small project such as a guide replacement. The high quality sable and the Flyrodcrafters’ acrylic finish brush make the job easy and you have complete control over the edge work and be able to help the finish coat your wraps evenly. If you are interested in a high quality brush go to your local art supply store and check out the section of ‘flat’ brushes. You will see brushes called ‘fans’, ‘filberts’, ’rounds’, ‘sash’ or ‘mop’.  For some reason mop and fine rod finish don’t go together.

From left to right: acrylic, sable, 2 acrylics & 2 disposables

We recommend you stay with what we call ‘flat’ as it easily handles all types of finish materials. The size we use is around 3/16″-1/4″ wide at the tip. A good sable brush will cost around the $8-$10 mark, whereas a synthetic one will cost $3-$4. With any finish brush, the key to extending the life of your brush is to take good care of it and clean it well.

We recommend the Flex Coat Epoxy Brush Cleaner to clean all your brushes. We pore a small amount into a glass jar to clean our brushes, that way we don’t contaminate the entire container of cleaner. This stuff is wonderful! It doesn’t have any odor and it doesn’t evaporate like some of the harsher cleaning chemicals.

Here is a video on how to clean your finishing brushes:

2 thoughts on ““Different Strokes for Different Folks”

  1. Very helpful tip on brushes. Thanks! You convinced me to go with the sable brush…

    On another topic: I bought a second hand rod with the previous owner’s name inscribed on it…will your Epoxy Brush Cleaner be appropriate for removing the name from the blank? And if not, what would be effective for that kind of job?


    • Mike:
      First let me say that there has been quite an improvement with the acrylic brushes versus the sable. We use the acrylic ourselves for our finishing work and personally I can’t justify the added expense.
      Secondly, the epoxy brush cleaner will not remove the name from your rod you will have to use a more aggressive agent such as lacquer thinner to soften the epoxy finish covering the name and then you may have to scrape the finish using something non-metallic or wooden. It is hard to do but can be done. Be very careful scraping the name as you may also remove the top protective coating of the blank. Make sure you cover the removed area with additional epoxy finish. Hope this helps and don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks for your comment.

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