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Forum topic by TTH posted 12-21-2020 03:41 PM 726 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TTH

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12-21-2020 03:41 PM

Ugh, never the post you want to make four days before Christmas but here goes.

I tried using gold leaf for the first time and have apparently screwed the pooch.

I cut my stencil into contact paper and placed it on the piece. I think the lacquer must have not fully cured because now the whole surface of the piece is tacky where the contact paper was sitting on it, and it’s kept me from brushing off the excess leaf, which is just stuck now.

Short of sanding everything off the surface of the wood and starting over again, is there anything I can do to salvage this?

-- Travis, DFW


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#1 posted 12-21-2020 04:04 PM

i would try acetone small drop :<)))

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 04:09 PM

Acetone or lacquer thinner and Qtips.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 04:11 PM

You might find a selective solvent that will deal with the adhesive, but leave the lacquer and gold leaf alone.

alcohol (supposedly will not damage lacquer)
mineral spirits – might be ok
acetone – probably not, but if desperate, do it quickly
naphtha (can melt lacquer, but not immediately)
white gas ?
hot water ?

Maybe first see if it will dissolve the adhesive on the contact paper alone, then carefully see if it will leave the lacquer and gold leaf alone. It might even be worth making a test piece at least with lacquer to try first.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 04:15 PM

Or maybe just local scraping and then outline/pinstripe each letter… I’m cringing as I write this.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#5 posted 12-21-2020 04:31 PM

Odd Lacquer is really really fast. Perhaps the residue is from the transfer paper. Try alcohol on a cloth…it should not lift the lacquer.

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#6 posted 12-21-2020 04:33 PM

I don’t know what goo-gone would do to the finish, but it would get rid of the adhesive. You could try a little on a scrap piece to see if it hurts your finish.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#7 posted 12-21-2020 04:44 PM



Odd Lacquer is really really fast. Perhaps the residue is from the transfer paper. Try alcohol on a cloth…it should not lift the lacquer.

- BlueRidgeDog

Do you mean denatured alcohol or do you think regular rubbing alcohol would do?

-- Travis, DFW

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#8 posted 12-21-2020 05:09 PM

I would try any alcohol I could lay my hand on just to see it was the paper backing that was the issue.

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#9 posted 12-21-2020 07:02 PM

Comb with a razor blade corner to remove the leaf. Any solvent will make it sink in and bond.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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