Antiquing & distressing wood

Distressing brushes

graining, brushing, removing contamination

Get an old and rustic wood look

In recent years, demand for the ‘wood look’ has increased considerably. Cosma distressing brushes give wood and plastic surfaces texture, depth and the desired rustic and weathered look. These brushes are used on products such as wooden floors, wall coverings, furniture, decking, garden partitions and veneer. They are also used for deburring metal.

Wire brushing vs. removing wood grain with smooth finish

Distressing brushes are made of steel wire or abrasive nylon. Steel wire brushes (wire brushing) distress both the hard grain and the soft grain whereas nylon abrasive brushes sand away only the soft ‘late wood’ which lies alongside the hard ‘early wood’. Because nylon abrasive brushes leave behind a fully sanded surface, the demand for this type of brush continues to grow.

Options distressing brushes

Distressing brushes are supplied either with a fixed shaft and core or with a core and shaft hole to fit your machine. Working widths range from 50 to 1300 mm with a diameter of 160 mm or more (200 to 220 mm are the most widely used).

46 or 60 grit is the most suitable option for the nylon abrasive brushes, but we offer the option of 80 or 120 grit as well. For the steel wire filaments, a thickness of between 0.20 and 0.38 mm is used.

Restoration and refurbishment of rotary brushes

Nylon abrasive filament distressing brushes sometimes show an uneven wear pattern because one side of the brush processes more products. We can easily solve this for you by re-trimming the brush, considerably extending its service life. We can also refurbish fixed shaft brushes.

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