4 Best Brushes for Staining Wood 2019 – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

4 Best Brushes for Staining Wood 2019 – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

It doesn’t make much sense to create a masterpiece made out of wood without ensuring that the wood is protected and looks great, does it?

No! You want to protect the wood and keep it looking its best, which is where the top brands come into play. With Wooster, Perdura, Presa, and Loew-Cornell, you get the best brushes for staining wood possible. You can find sets that have every brush imaginable, and specific brushes are also available that help you with precision.

Because I know it is important for you to have options, I have included single products and multiple-brush products for your review.

Best Brushes for Staining Wood in February, 2019

#Brush for stainingSize 
1Perdura DECK BOSS
Editor's Choice
7 inches Check Price
2Wooster Bravo Stainer
Editor's Choice
4 inches Check Price
3Presa Premium Brushes Set 1-3 inches Check Price
4Loew-Cornell Foam Brush Set2 inches Check Price

1. Perdura DECK BOSS– Top Brush For Deck Stain

perdura deck bossIf you have a full floor or deck to stain, you may worry that it will take forever to complete. However, with the Perdura DECK BOSS Fence and Floor Applicator, you have nothing to fear.

The 7-inch deck brush helps you paint and seal products quickly. Because it is so large, you can get done faster than with other brushes. You can load up your brush get in between the cracks, and much more with one stroke.

This is the one that professionals pick every time. It outlasts and outperforms many paint pads rollers, gadgets, and brushes but up to 10x. Plus, their fast-clean design ensures that the lifespan of the brush is extensive.

It has been rated #1 on the market, which means it is something that you should have in your toolkit at all times. You can also perform all the work while standing, which reduces back and knee pain.

The Perdura Stain Brush Fence Applicator doesn’t come with poles, so which ones do I need to purchase?

This is an excellent question. The DECK BOSS brand uses a universal thread, so that means your product is compatible with almost any paint pole on the market. In fact, you can use a household broom handle in a pinch. Of course, if your goal is to look professional, you should choose a lightweight pol that is about five or six feet in length.

  • Fast application
  • Save time
  • Perfect for smooth/rough surfaces
  • Professional finish
  • No wool/foam left behind
  • Lasts longer
  • Works with oil/water-based paints, sealers, stains
  • More expensive than other brush systems
  • Pole extension not included
  • Not made in America
  • Heavier construction isn’t as suitable for handheld needs

2. Wooster Bravo Stainer – Best Brush to Apply Stain

Wooster BrushThe Wooster Brush is a stain brush that is four inches wide, though it also comes in 4.75-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.

It is one of the best brushes on the market because it gives you excellent and consistent results with any oil-based wood stain or sealer. This brush has a white China bristle and a squared construction, which ensures that it is wide enough to cover a large area. It also ensures that your stain goes on smoothly and evenly.

One of the things I really like about this product is the threaded hardwood handle, which has a bucket clip that can be removed and used with an extension pole.

In fact, it seems to be a highly popular stain brush for many people including me: I personally find this brush to be a great choice, it’s perfectly designed for staining.

Can you use the Wooster Brush for Wood Conditioner?

Many people have used this brush for applying wood conditioner without issue. The brush itself is highly sturdy, which means you can use it for thicker products and on rougher wood. However, the key is that you can use it to hold a lot of conditioner and it still releases it in a more controlled way.

Many people have also wondered if the Wooster brush can be used for acrylics, and many have found that it works well.

  • Soaks up plenty of stain and holds it
  • Removable handle
  • Bristles won’t shed while working
  • Also good for wood conditioner
  • Price could be lower
  • Can seem a little worrisome because the handle unscrews

3. Presa Premium Paint Brush Set – Five Sizes are Better than One

presa brushesIf you’re looking to increase your productivity and want something that is thoughtfully constructed, the Presa premium paint brush is the right one for you.

You get the ability to hold up to 30 percent more paint, which means you can get done with your work faster. You also get a smooth, even release of the paint or stain because the premium filaments are used and give more precision.

The Presa premium paint brush is also heavy-duty, which means it can handle abrasive surfaces and more. The filaments are easy to clean and durable, which means you won’t be replacing it as often and can reuse the brushes as often as necessary.

  • Five brushes/sizes available
  • Inexpensive for how many brushes you receive
  • Beautiful, light-wood grain color that looks professional
  • Bristles can separate when loaded with paint
  • Can be hard to determine appropriate brush size

4. Loew-Cornell – Top Form Brushes for Staining

foam brushes for stainingWhile many people worry about having a suitable brush for any task, you can purchase the Loew-Cornell set that includes 20 different brushes.

They are all the same size (2 inches) and have a short wood handle. They are perfect for acrylic use and for craft painting, but they can also be used to stain baseboards, trims, and much more.

  • Disposable
  • Inexpensive
  • Small handle and brush, perfect for tight spaces
  • Foam/sponge soaks up plenty of varnish
  • Don’t last long and shouldn’t be used more than once or twice
  • May arrive with a crunched tip; let sit for a few days before use
  • A gentle hand works great for these

Buyer’s Guide

Now that you know you need to stain the wood, it is essential that you choose the right brush to help you. We have looked into the four top brushes available for staining wood that are on the market for you to buy.

If you’re wondering why the list was made, it’s because the market is full of brushes and products that make it hard for people to determine what is going to work best for their needs.

Many companies might choose inexpensive materials to give an inexpensive brush, but these products may not be suitable for your needs. Instead, it is better to learn as much as you can about them before you determine which one is good for you.

The technologies behind staining brushes haven’t changed much in the last few decades. However, there are some innovations now as there have been in the past. We’ve seen that with the Perdura Stain Brush Fence Applicator and other products. Of course, some of them haven’t changed (and probably should), such as the 20-pack of foam brushes.

Regardless of your needs and skill level, any of these brushes listed here can be helpful to you in the right situation. Learning a bit more about them can ensure that you make the right choice.


Now that you have learned more about each of these four products, you are better prepared to choose one that fits your needs. If you have a large job, the fence applicator brush may be more suitable, but if you have a small job (such as trims around the home), you may do well with the foam brushes (20-pack). Either way, you know more about them and what others like about them and can make an informed decision.

2 thoughts on “4 Best Brushes for Staining Wood 2019 – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide”

  1. I’ve got 1/2 quart of the General Finishes Gel Stain I used on pine 3 months ago. Back then I applied it using a common paint bristle brush. Now I’m going to use this stain again for another DIY project. I think this time I could get much better results by using a different kind of brush. What can you suggest?

    • Hi, Eric.

      Actually, the best applicator for gel stains is a foam brush, just try yourself. I think it will be a totally different experience (for the better). But it isn’t like you have to use only foam brushes, period. It’s just more suitable for gel stains. For other fluid options (water-based stains most of the time and sometimes oil-based) bristle brushes are better option.

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