Brush wooden beams gently to fresh beauty

The surfaces of old wooden beams can often be worked up better by brushing than by grinding or sandblasting. In addition to the cleaning effect, professional brushing enhances the natural grain and texture of the wood. For special optical effects and the wood protection aids can be brushed with.

The skin of the wooden beams

Anyone who thinks about cleaning, restoring and processing the surfaces on their wooden beams should consider the many possibilities of brushing. Unlike sanding or sandblasting, brushing produces little or no material removal.

Ideally, the wooden beam is considered a "living" material and treated accordingly. The brushing depends on the existing structure, the type of wood and the condition of the "skin". Anyone who imagines his own human skin as an authoritative object will automatically consider several gentle factors:

  • adequate pressure
  • Fiber and porch-proof brushing direction
  • Injury-free uniformity
  • Bristle thickness and hardness adapted to the wood

Brush types and auxiliary devices

Of course, the choice and use of the brush depends heavily on the type of wood. In general, metal bristles carry loose wood fibers and foreign matter such as paint residues. The beam substance is normally not removed. A natural regulator is the heating during brushing, which requires a regular weaning.

As hand brushes come into consideration:

  • steel brushes
  • copper brush
  • Hard bristle brushes

As a bristle material for machine brushes, usually in roll or disc form as a drill attachment, can be used:

  • Steel cord bristles
  • Grained nylon bristles
  • Horsehair bristles
  • plant fibers

When using metal bristles of all kinds, the transition from brushing to grinding is fluid.

Preparation of aftertreatment

The brushing of wooden beams is a typical and necessary step to prepare various post-treatments or optical reprocessing. If wood beams are to be limed, the pores must be exposed by brushes and opened.

Another ideal preparation is the brushing of the wooden beams, if they are then to be oiled. Here brushing is also recommended as an intermediate step after sanding or sandblasting and oiling.

Tips & Tricks

By adding auxiliaries when brushing such as vinegar or stain you can create attractive antique optics. Also finish the scouring of the surfaces with a brush.

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