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5 TIPS ON HANDLING 24CT GOLD LEAF

ON RESTORATION WORK

 

  • The surface should be prepared properly and shot blasted back to its original substrate
  • Then the surface needs to be primed and coated with specialist coatings prior to applying any gold size (top tip: put a slight tint of colour in the gold size so you can see where you are working, particularly on fine detailing)
  • It is always best to use a higher carat gold leaf eg 24ct gold transfer leaf on external projects for longevity
  • Make sure atmospheric conditions are correct before applying the gold size and transfer leaf using an air moisture meter
  • It is always best practise to use different gold size for drying times and can be gauged by touch which can be determined by an expert gilder

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