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Mops Blenders Blenders Mottlers

German made, white crocodile brand varnish and lacquer brushes are available in two basic styles, mops which are round and blenders / mottlers which are flat.

Terminology: The terms Shellac and French Polish are used often loosely and interchangeably. Shellac is strictly the dry flake or powder which becomes French Polish when the shellac dissolved in alcohol.

We supply brushes made from four hair types in descending order of toughness and resilience;

* BADGER - the toughest hair suited to surfaces which are not completely flat
* PONY/GOAT - similar to badger but a little softer
* SKUNK - middle of the range
* SQUIRREL - the softest hair suited to totally smooth surfaces




(Note: Mops are designated by sizes which do not correlate. Refer to the table for size equivalence).

5 6 5
6 7 6
7 8 7
8 10 8
9 9
10 12 10
14 11
11 16 12
12 14
14 16


Approximate dimensions of Skunk Hair mops.  Note these brushes are hand made so variations must be expected.






The Badger Blender Brushes have a nap that is one third longer than any Varnish Brush of the same width. The volume or thickness of hair is also more in the Badger Brushes.
The Squirrel hair Mottlers have a nap that is nearly identical to the length of nap in the Skunk hair Varnish Brushes of the same width. The thickness, or volume of hair on the Monier (Mottler) is about 25% of the Skunk Varnish Brush. It is a very thin, relatively cheap brush that offers an entry level finishing brush of high quality.

BADGER BLENDER 2" 2 1/2" 3" 3 1/2" 4" 4 1/2" 5" 6"
SKUNK VARNISH 1" 1 1/2" 2" 2 1/2" 3" 4"
SQUIRREL MOTTLER 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1 1/2" 2" 2 1/2" 3"


Brushes should be set before initial use, and pointed between each and every use. Both the initial, once only setting and the repeated pointing procedures use shellac because it can be rinsed from these brushes prior to use without damage to the brush. Pointing in effect means you never clean a shellac brush in the normally understood sense of the word. Needless to say don't adopt this approach with any other product. These care notes are written around the unique, reconstitutable characteristics of, and are specific to, brushes used for shellac.


Setting is achieved by immersing the brush in an ordinary Shellac/metho solution and then standing the brush so the nap is pointing upwards. This allows the shellac to drain down into the ferrule of the brush and then harden. After the brush is set it can be rinsed in metho until the hairs are soft and clean. The effect is to minimize moulting hair, especially in the middle of a piece of furniture you are coating.


Setting is typically done once, but pointing is done after each and every use.


Pointing is achieved by dipping the brush into a weak French Polish i.e. shellac solution (never use hard setting varnishes) and then using your fingers to shape the hairs into their original form. The brush can then be hung with the hair pointing down, or be placed on the edge of a bench so that the hair is not touching the bench. Prior to the next use just soak in Metho until the brush is flexible again. Setting retains the shape of the brush and stops individual hairs curling backwards at the tips on the outside of the brush. With these two practices you can expect decades of service from quality hair such as is in these brushes.