Timber Paint Brush

Ever wonder just how to paint a smooth surface without leaving brush marks?

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You see all these items in your house that are painted with a brush, such as cabinets, furniture, railings, trim, baseboards, and other woodwork, yet you don’t see brush marks when a professional does it.

What’s their secret?

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When you do it, after everything dries, you see a line-up of deep canyons left behind by the brush. They show your every move, each bristle and strand of brush marks going where you went with your brush.

The truth is there’s no magic going on with the pros. They just use the tricks of the trade. Knowledge + technique + a little experience goes a long way to getting your professional painting look.

Covered below, we open up the book on how to avoid brush marks and also see if you can fix brush marks that are already there.

5 Steps to No More Brush Marks

Here’s the best 5 tips to use to get the most professional look out of your brush painting.

1. Fast Isn’t Always Best

When it comes to painting fast, the most important speed we’re talking about is paint drying time. What’s that old saying about something extremely slow and boring– “it’s like watching paint dry!”

The main reason you get paintbrush marks in the first place is because the paint hasn’t flowed out completely before it’s dried.

So, the first tip in avoiding paintbrush lines is to buy slow-drying paint. This is usually higher quality paint that is labeled to take up to 24-hours to dry.

Beware of labels that say “dry to the touch” after a couple hours, or Quick-Dry. While this might be helpful if you’re in a hurry to complete a project, it may not lead you to the best results.

You really do want to remember that phrase from above about watching paint dry. Remember an even better phrase too when it comes to painting: “Slow Makes Paint Flow!”

And flowing paint means a smoother finish.

The only word of caution here is to be careful not to bump the paint or handle painted surfaces while they’re drying since you may be used to faster drying times.

2. Go Horizontal

A second trick to help you avoid those unwanted brush marks is to always paint on a horizontal plane if possible.

In other words, take down doors for painting or paint trim before installing. This will allow you to lie them flat and paint on top of them, so paint can flow evenly as it dries.

One of a painters best tools is actually a pair of saw-horses. These also help make painting large or long pieces easy as they can be positioned at just the right level.

This tip really piggy-backs off of the first one above about paint flowing. A nice, flat surface will allow gravity to pull the paint in all directions evenly…like a small pebble dropping in a placid lake.

So what happens when you paint vertically?

When you paint up and down with a brush those vertical brush lines just stay there as nothing allows them to spread out into each other.

You want those ridges from your brush strokes to flatten out, going side-to-side.

3. Go with the Grain

Another tip that you may already know (but need to do!) is to paint with the grain on wood surfaces.

Go in the same direction as the grain so that any brush strokes that do end up showing, will not be as noticeable.

4. Don’t Skimp, Do Two Coats

Next, realize that just about every paint job, done well, will need at least two coats. This is exactly whatgood, professional painters do.

That means, don’t try to lather it on thickly and soak it on in one coat.

Just make sure to cover the surface area with a good amount of paint evenly. Let it dry, and then come back and apply the second coat.

5. A Quality Brush Means a Quality Job

Finally, always (a big always!), buy a quality paintbrush. You’ll know it’s good because it’ll be a little more expensive than the rest on the shelf.

With proper paintbrush cleaning and care, you’ll have your brush for a long time. Bristles and hairs on these brushes will be of varying lengths and have a “slit-end” look at the ends of them instead of coming to a small point.

This “non-uniform” end lets paint clump more there, giving you a smoother application as paint glides on. Think of layered bangs in a good haircut, or carpeting with many fibers of different lengths – that’s what you’re after.

Now, if for any reason you didn’t end up with a really smooth surface and the paint has already dried, you can carefully sand down the fine grooves and ridges left by a brush with a fine, 120-grit type sandpaper.

Go over with a lint-free damp cloth to clean and try painting again keeping the tips above in mind.

There you have it, a few basic how-tos on avoiding paintbrush marks.

The latest Brush Coater from Palmer Primer has been designed specifically to suit the needs of timber merchants, timber importers, joinery manufacturers and mobile priming services and timber coaters looking to prime timber mouldings on a limited budget.

Brush Coater Advantages

  • Increase timber coating speeds
  • Improve paint finish on timber
  • Recycle paint products
  • Lower paint usage
  • Less paint waste
  • Reduced operator error
  • Control the quality of the painting by priming the timber yourself


This brush painting machine can, in one pass, apply a single coat of high quality water or white spirit based primer, paint, stain, or pigmented preservative to all sides and edges of timber and MDF mouldings, ranging in size from beading and quadrant to architrave, skirting board, 100mm square fence posts, or 250mm wide window board sections.

The main timber painting tank, spray chamber and guards are manufactured extensively from stainless steel, the spray chamber is longer to allow easier access, and the rear brush section which houses the brushes is longer for cleaning of the brush area and removal of the brushes.

This brush coater is a semi-portable electric motor driven timber coating machine has been carefully modified and improved since its introduction in 1972 to allow for quicker removal of all of the timber priming brushes for cleaning, whilst allowing for quick adjustment to cater for the various sizes of timber mouldings available today.

The filtration system has been improved to cope with more sawdust before needing to be cleaned.

The jets used for deluging the timber have been modified to apply a more even coating of paint primer, whilst reducing the chance of blocking. In the event that they do become blocked they can be quickly and easily removed and cleaned.

To adjust the brushes, remove jets, filter, or change the height of the top pinch roller is simple and straight forward and does not require the use of any special tools.

The standard timber feed speed through the machine is approx 36m per minute, we have found this speed to be adequate for a normal working day. Slack zoom. If you require a faster or slower feed speed than this, we can modify the machine during the manufacturing stage.

The motor and pump access has been altered to allow for quicker and easier maintenance.

Using stainless steel for the sheet materials, and galvanising most other parts, makes for a very durable tough and profitable timber priming workhorse.

A considerable amount of effort has been put into ensuring that the use and maintenance of the Brush Coater are kept to a minimum.

Brush Priming Machine Specifications

TimberProfessional paint brushes

One piece paint reservoir and spray chamber are manufactured from stainless steel.

Timber Paint Brush

The main frame is manufactured from box section steel which is galvanised to protect it from corrosion and to aid the cleaning down process at the end of each day.

The drive motor can be supplied with either a single phase or three phase type as standard, or 110v at extra cost.

The brushes used are hardwood backed with polypropylene filaments to give extremely long life - providing that they are cleaned after use!

The brushes are mounted on stainless steel stems to allow for quick and easy cleaning.

Brush Coater BC3 Dimensions (approx)

Length including conveyor
Width (working width)
Height
Work take off height
Weight
Drive feed speed

2800mm
750mm
1200mm
760mm
210kg
36 metres per minute

Timber sizes (approx)

Minimum width
Minimum length
Maximum width
Maximum height

13mm quadrant
910mm
250mm
100mm

This brush coating machine will apply most water or white spirit based paints and stains providing that they have been recommended for use and are suitable for use with this timber painting and priming machine by the paint manufacturer.

Timber Paint Brush Screwfix

The Brush Coater is based on two wheels and two swivel castors to allow for easy manoeuvrability and used by many mobile timber coater and timber priming services in the UK.

Timber Fence Paint Brush

If you would like to discuss further details on any of the above, please contact us on 01623 793281 or fax to 01623 857955.

Alternatively, please select one of our timber and MDF painting and priming machines from below: