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Chris Knight

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Has anyone found a really cheap source for disposable glue brushes?

I lived for years off a suitcase-full of brushes called "acid brushes" that I picked up in the USA on a business trip, they only cost 5 cents each. Having run out of them I am reduced to using scraps of wood - fine for some things, hopless in other situations. The cheapest brushes I have found come from Tilgear but they are not really that cheap and because I am at present on a particular project having to use polurethane glue (that I have never really satisfactorily cleaned off brushes - hence they only get used once) I am in need of something like my acid brushes.

I did find some once but they wanted 50p each for these and that was just daylight robbery.

For those not familiar with an acid brush it is a handle of very thin rolled sheet ally with a few bristles in the end - flat section to the bristles.

The bristles need to be moderately stiff to be of any use.
 

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Yes

Rutlands sell some - you get 48 brushes for £13 - so it costs around 40p per brush.

I almost ordered some the other day, got to the till and they wanted me to pay £5 for delivery (I can understand something like a mortiser - but a pack of brushes cant weigh that much - bet I could get them sent from USA and it would be cheaper!)

http://www.rutlands.co.uk/cgi-bin/psPro ... 1,0,0,1|1|

Edit: I also find myself using thin bits of wood to spread poly glue - Just ripped down a hole load on the bandsaw - keep them for when I need them.

I have a brush for the titebond (its a stanley one from B&Q - nearly £2!), I keep it in water when not in use - it will last me a few months usually.
 

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go to any pound shop for brushes and ice lolly sticks for spreaders.


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Chris Knight

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Alf, thanks for this link. The price they want would need to be brought down a lot though, I am not sure I need the thousands that would have to be ordered to get them down to 5 cents!
 

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OK ok, I was out last night washing (or attempting) to wash the glue out a brush. I'd buy some if they were cheap enough :lol: :lol: :p

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At the moment I just use scraps of thin wood to spread the glue. I used to have a couple of small paint brushes but they never got replaced. As James said the glue brushes from Rutlands are ideal, they are on my list when I next order from rutlands.
 
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Would it be possible to make them from loose bristles?? A mates dad used to be a sign writer and did this, but they've moved and I don't have their new number to ask him.

Art shop stockists might know if this is a possibility.

A metal tube with bristles crimped into the end? Roll one end of some bristles in a rubber strip which is "bunged" in the end of a metal tube?

I found the Acid Brushes you mean on brush.com which are indeed 5c each for a gross bundle (144). No mention of shipping costs to this side of the Atlantic but might be worth an e-mail.

There is a brush manufacturer in High Wycombe which I pass on my way home. It might be worth asking such a company if they do them or if they could make some up for you.
 

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Just found this link - make your own brushes with 1/2" nylon rope and lollipop sticks.

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Thanks everybody for the great replies. I will email the USA supplier and see what they can offer, Meanwhile I love the Indian rope trick! I will definitely give that a go.
 

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I've been using pastry brushes for a couple of years. I bought a pack from Lidl a long time ago. One is used for pastry, the rest for PVA. Flat brushes 25mm (1") wide. No good on poly glue, Is any brush?
 

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Yes, those are exactly the things I need.

I have just orderd 2 gross from the USA supplier mentioned above (brush.com). I will let you know how the order turns out.
 

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Rockler (USA mailorder company) have a pack of 48 disposable glue brushes for $9.99 (£5.52)

I've emailed them asking how much shipping will be and they've come back with this:

Parcel Post Surface $9.47
For a total of $18.46 (about £10)

Parcel Post Air $20.24
For a total of $29.23 (about £16)

This does not include any fees, duties, or taxes that your country may charge.
http://www.rockler.com/ecom7/product_de ... m?sku=5813
 

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Hi James

sawdustalley":2h6l4orq said:
I just had a look, found these - only 99p for 6 (So I might order 10 packs)

Its then £3 for delivery - so still cheaper than rutlands (Basically £13 for 60 brushes)

http://www.lainesworld.co.uk/Merchant2/ ... _Code=GLUE
Thanks for the link.

I ordered these on Friday night and received them this morning. They seem to be well worth the money.

Cheers
Neil

EDIT I have just seen the Rutland brushes and they look identical.
 
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