Standard Foam Brushes for use with varnish, enamels, stains, latex, and oil paints. Not for use with shellac or lacquer. These foam brushes produce a great smooth finish and yet they are priced to be thrown-away when you are done.
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Will these brushes work with Awlwood? Thanks
I'm not familiar with that product but I used these for a teak and Holly sole in the cabin of my sailboat (among other epoxy/fiberglass projects) and got great results! For me the secret was in the prep. Thanks for your question...it reminds me to order more!Eric Sylvia"Miss Beppie"1981 Islander Bahama 30
I'm not familiar with Awlwood. However, I am an artist and prefer these foam brushes. They hold paint well, keep their firmness and wash well. I would guess they would work fine with just about any surface.
KATHERINE M. HUNT
I use the foam brushes for all of my painting, but occasionally have trouble with two part epoxy paints. Have no experience with Awlwood. I would recommend trying a couple first before you buy a whole box of them.
Hi - I'm refinishing my boat interior with Interlux Schooner 96 varnish, applying it with a high quality ox hair bristle brush. I'm getting small amounts of dust in the dried finish, which I believe are coming from the brush, not the surrounding air. I'm considering using a foam brush for the final coat, to get a smoother, dust free finish. Can these brushes be used with Interlux varnish without falling apart? Thanks, Clark
I have used these for acrylic and oil paints without a problem, in various painting projects, and I suspect that it would work with a varnish from the standpoint of foam interaction with the solvents used, (however, epoxy glue does the foam in fairly quickly!), but I don't know how it would flow or level with a foam point-of-contact as opposed to its behavior with a good quality brush bristle. Get a couple of them locally & try them (JEN manufactured are better than the "no-name" types, I've used JEN for nearly 40 years, and wouldn't use another brand without some serious convincing). If they work for you, buy a box-full from Jamestown, that's how I get them! Good luck with this! Lester
Thanks everyone for the good advice. I used a Jen foam brush today on one small panel and will see how it turns out after it dries tomorrow. So far so good.
you shouldn't have any problem using these with the Schooner varnish. If you're cleaning the ox hair brush well, the dust must be coming from the air, but use the foam brush and see how the finish comes out. Good luck!
Hi William - many thanks for your quick response! I suspected dust in the air as well, so I thoroughly cleaned everything and built a plastic tent over my varnishing table. Still ended up with some dust in the finish. My brush is a good one but I've had to use brush cleaner on it when the bristles started to stiffen after a dozen uses. I suspect that there is still some tiny dried varnish dust in the bristles, which is why I'd like to try foam. Thanks again...
Yes, but be warned, foam brushes are highly addicting. Luckily Jamestown ships them in plain unmarked packages.
I've used these with other varnishes of high quality and as long as you're very careful not to shake the varnish (stir) and apply patiently and smoothly, they work great. I applied 10 coats to Sapele and it turned out great with no blemishes and a beautiful finish. Gave up on bristle brushes since I found these to be equally rewarding with the throw away factor being a major one!
I've been using these foam brushes for years with varnish. They last at least 1/2 hour before you have to replace them. I'm a great fan.
I use foam brushes for a lot of my vanishing but My finishes are not the high quality you may be looking for. I suspect your dust is from the air or left on the boat after sanding. Varnish takes a long time to dry and is exposed to the dust in air longer. I doubt that you are getting dust from your brush.
what size are these brushes??
the brushes come in 4 sizes 1" 2" 3" and 4" they can also be purchased in a pack that includes all 4 sizes. I usually buy a box of whatever size i am low on.
This comes in 1, 2, 3, 4" use the drop down arrow next to the price to show the width selections.
You can order them in different sizes. I've ordered mostly 1" and 2" but I believe they go as high as 5-6".
Can you use the foam brush with Bristol finish? It's urethane base.
I have not had any experience with Bristol finishes Sorry
I've used these brushes with urethane, ethelane, varnish, and epoxies of all kinds without a problem.
How well will the foam brush work with water based varnish? This varnish tends to leave bubbles easily in the finish and the more you try to brush it out, the more streaked it gets.I'm thinking the finer the foam the less bubbles.Thanks for your input
SorryI don't use water based coatingsso I'm afraid that I can not help you
first of all, make SURE THEY ARE JEN BRUSHES...this company tried to pass off a cheaper brand and would not take them back nor replace them. Jen brushes are excellent, but like any other brush, they can leave streaks, but the Jen are the best for not leaving as many.
I only used them on oil base varnish.
Hello, I am going with a cedar countertop for my bathroom counter, I've seen where some have suggested an epoxy prior to the marine varnish. Would you also suggest this or should I be using a sealer instead of the epoxy? Thank you, O. Ragan
Not sure I'd use varnish for the countertop. I think it might be too soft. I'd try epoxy alone. I'm assuming it's not in sunlight which would degrade the epoxy.Look at Silvertip epoxy products. I'm pretty sure they have one specific to bar tops and counter tops
We don't work with those types of sealers or wood. We use MDO; oil base enamels; and outdoor UV coatings. I would contact a custom furniture builder and ask him/her this question. Sorry I could not be of more help.
Cedar is quite soft; not the optimum choice for a countertop. That said, it's also porous and likes to absorb water, so sealing it THOROUGHLY, on all surfaces, is important in a bathroom. Epoxy isn't the only way to do this, but it's what I would use. Cladding the top surface of the cedar with a layer of fiberglass set in epoxy would both seal it and protect the soft wood from dents and gouges.
I am not a fan of epoxy as a base. If you are using marine varnish just thin the first couple coats as recommended on the label. Look up coating schedule on Jamestown website.As recommended by Epifanes:I thin 1st coat 50/50 w/ companion thinner2nd coat thinned 25/75 w/ companion thinner3rd coat 15/85 w/ companion thinner Then full strength coats until grain is filled, generally 8-12 coatsGood luck!
Is the foam part glued to the handle, or does the foam slip over a plastic piece? I need some 1 inch foam brushes that wont come apart.
Slips over plastic piece
JD's foam brushes are glued to wood handles. They don't last very long with epoxy, but do fine with paint and varnish. Great product for the price.
Foam is glued to a plastic piece attached to the wooden handle. I have used this with varnish products and not had any issues with the foam coming apart. I
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I know just what you're talking about! These held up sufficiently well for my purposes. I'd say they're good value---but they're not bristle: they are very inexpensive foam brushes and you shouldn't expect perfection!
It slips over a plastic tab
There is a plastic piece to offer support to the foam but the foam is securely (as securely as foam can be) attached to the wooden handle. Remember it is only a foam brush and is not designed to do large, heavy duty jobs. I use them for varnishing projects up to entry door size but usually on doors I use two so as not to press my luck
As far as I can tell, the foam is glued to a plastic piece that's glued to the handle. I've been using these brushes for more than 10 years and have never had one come apart.
Why not a foam brush with sikkens cetol marine?
They have worked for me.
Because it melts the foam.
Works great, but only with JEN foam brushes.
Not sure what is in Sikkens cetol, but some solvents will soften or dissolve the plastic used for the foam.
How many in a box?
Depending on size there are about 36 in a box. I buy a wide variety of sizes for use in by reproduction wood working. Great for sample staining etc. Use large sizes to do last coats to get great finish.
I really do not know, but there are, I think, four rows of maybe 10 1" brushes, and less of the larger ones. The Jen brushes are the only good ones for varnish work.Bob S
Should I use foam brushes with interlux two part primer and interlux two part paint? Thanks
Thanks Randy...just what i was looking for...take care and havae a great summer!!Stan
Good question..I am not sure I would use them with top coat paint paritcularly with epoxy and limited pot times. Although I use them for varnish, foam brushes dont' seem to load as well as bristle brushes nor do they last as long. I do use foam rollers however, they work great with the roll and tip method of top coating.
I cannot comment, I've only used them for one part varnish. Very good foam brushes.
I wowuld buy again.
I have used Jen foam bushes for a long time on Schooner varnish, Awlwood, and primer and single part urethane coatingsl by Interlux. I have never had a problem with them, and feel I get a good coating with them.
A multi-pack of brushes at a good price.
I would buy from Jamestown again.
Good quality, fast shipping.
Good Quality Foam Brushes
I have been getting these for some time now and they are great.
I have some badger hair brushes, but I used the foam brush for a varnish job using epiphanes and a job using the 2 part Envy.The two products went on differently, but the foam brush gave a good finish on both. And unlike the badger hair brush, no clean up, just toss it. I tried the "fooler" bristle brush, but it did not outperform the foam brush and it left bristles in the work.
This is our third time ordering this product...we love it!
We go through brushes like they're going out of style, so getting 3 boxes of the Jen foam brushes is exactly what we need! The quality is excellent and the price is great! We will continue ordering these brushes until they don't sell them anymore!
Good quality brushes
Don't waste your time with the cheaply made ones, these work so much better than the discount store variety. Used these for applying varnish, they allowed it to go on smoothly, cheap ones skipped, stuttered and left waves in the finish.
Good brushes, and very inexpensive in quantity
These are much better than the cheap foam brushes you find in home improvement centers, and the price per brush is very low. I went through at least 60 of these building a 14 foot sailboat from a kit.
A great product. Top quality
These are superior to the junk you buy at the big box stores. The foam holds up very well.
Quality vanish brush
I used this brush to put varnish on the wood on my cabin doors. Left a smooth finish.