Lacquer Over Imitation Gold Leaf

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Forum topic by TTH posted 12-15-2020 03:57 PM 480 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2020 03:57 PM

Happy Holidays LJs,

I’m putting together a bar sign for my father in law’s house, which will have gilded letters on walnut. The tutorials on gilding I’ve read all mention using some sort of special gilding clear coat if you’re using imitation gold leaf. Rather than trying to brush on the finish, I’d much rather just put a final coat of lacquer on the whole project.

I’m using the copper-based imitation gold leaf you find at craft stores. Has anyone used lacquer instead of the dedicated gilding finish? If so, what were your results?

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#1 posted 12-15-2020 06:04 PM

I’ve never done it, but can’t see where there would be a problem. I’d suggest trying it on a test piece.

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#2 posted 12-15-2020 06:33 PM

You can use a variety of top coats just make sure they are clear or they will have a “yellowing” affect. Clear Shellac might be the easiest or a water based poly is a very clear color. Varnish and lacquer also work.

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#3 posted 12-15-2020 08:06 PM

(is it safe to assume this will be an indoor sign ??)
the main reason for a clear coat over imitation leaf is to give it some longevity.
imitation leaf is made of metals like copper, aluminum, etc that oxidizes over time.
the clear coat (of any kind) just keeps the oxygen from getting to it and gives a longer life.
so whatever is within your skill sets and products on hand, it will look great.
looking forward to seeing your project !!

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