How to Prevent a Haké Brush from Shedding

A haké brush is a broad paintbrush sometimes recommended for covering large areas of a canvas in a few strokes. It can come in handy for creating skies in particular, as it is wide enough that several different colors of paint can be applied directly to the brush, while its soft bristles then create a blended effect in combination with a wet canvas.

A common complaint with many commercially available haké brushes is that they shed prolifically, leaving hairs embedded in the painting. This fault is often laid at the feet of the manufacturer. Actually, however, most haké brushes require a little additional preparation before the first use.

The good news is that this preparation is quite simple.

You Will Need

  • Unused haké brush
  • Super glue
  • Toothpick

Directions

  1. Apply a very thin line of super glue to the base of the bristles of the haké brush, right where they come out of the ferrule.
  2. Insert the toothpick into the bristles at the base (see photo above) and carefully work it upward, pulling the glue along the bristles until the toothpick has been worked about one quarter of the length of the bristles, leaving three quarters of the length unglued.
  3. Continue using the toothpick to pull glue up the bristles until you have thoroughly worked it in the whole length of the ferrule.
  4. Repeat on the other side of the brush.
  5. Allow the brush to dry completely before use.