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You want to colorizes your artwork fast?
Here is the documentation for live paint: How to create and work with Live Paint groups in Illustrator
You will need to expand brush strokes before using it, but then you can just draw along without using pathfinder > unite first.
I do not see the advantage of his method.
He wants to keep his brush strokes editable, but when you adjust the strokes after colouring the fills, you still have to adjust the filled shapes to match the adjusted strokes.
You could do the same (with the same restrictions of matching the fills with adjusted strokes) by using Live Paint.
Actually Live Paint does a better job.
I made a test with ovals and rectangles using a default brush.
The result at left using his expand/ unite/ color/ release compound path method does not fill every intersection of the objects with a color.
The result on the right was made in the following way and also keeping the editable brush strokes:
Duplicate the layer with the strokes and lock the top copy.
Convert the layer with the strokes below it to a Live Paint object, the strokes become simple stroked lines, but you won’t see it because of the locked brushed copy on top.
Color it and when finished choose Object > Live Paint > Expand
This would result in a layer with 2 groups, one with fills and one with simple strokes, which you can delete because you have your brushed version on top.