Often asked: Can I Use Polyurethane Over Gold Leaf?

You must seal the wood prior to application so that it does not absorb the sizing, or glue, used to attach the gold leaf does not absorb. Use paint or clear polyurethane as a sealant.

Can you put a clear coat over gold leaf?

Most gilders agree that for most sign applications, you should not clear coat 23-karat gold leaf. What differentiates gold from other metals is its brilliance. Clear coating diminishes its shiny surface.

How do you seal gold leaf?

How to Seal Gold Leaf

  1. Apply the gold leaf, leaving it to cure overnight.
  2. Decide whether to apply the sealer with a brush or as a spray.
  3. Purchase a specially formulated sealer for use with metal leaf surfaces.
  4. Test the clear finish sealer on a test sample of leaf before using it on your project.

Can you seal over gold leaf?

Sealing the leaf allows for over-painting with oil or acrylic without negatively affecting the leaf. This sealing process is VERY tricky when sealing imitation gold leaf. That is because this is where you can accidentally tarnish the leaf using the wrong sealer and the wrong sealing application process.

Does gold leaf need clear coat?

The greater the addition of these base metals, the greater the likelihood that the gold leaf will tarnish. Gold of 23k or 22k should not tarnish when used indoors for fine art or decorative purposes, unless handled and touched. Genuine gold of lesser karats should be protected with a clear coating.

How do you protect gold leaves from furniture?

Apply a thin layer of sealer over the gold leaf to protect it. The sealer will give the gold leaf a smooth finish and prevent it from flaking off. Use a clean brush to apply the sealer in 1 even layer over any areas with gold leaf. Let the sealer dry overnight before you use your new gold leaf furniture.

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How do you make gold leaf permanent?

Brush the gold leaf all over the surface with a soft bristled paintbrush, using a very gentle, circular motion. This technique presses the gold leaf into the adhesive to form a permanent bond, while also brushing away any excess leaf to give you a smooth, flat, gilded surface.

Can you seal gold leaf with Mod Podge?

To apply the gold leaf apply a thick layer of mod podge (or a different water based glue) and using a dry fluffy brush, sweep the gold leaf unto the wet mod podge without touching the glue. Reapply gold leaf if needed. Seal the entered coasters with a sealer or more mod podge.

Do you need to varnish over gold leaf?

Imitation Gold and Copper Leaf will both tarnish so it is important to apply a varnish over the top of these to prevent the tarnishing process, however the Imitation Silver Leaf is made from Aluminium and will not tarnish and so it is not always necessary to apply the varnish.

How do you protect gold leaf from paint?

Plan to use an acrylic varnish to seal your gold leaf.

  1. Look for a varnish with a UV protectant, such as Golden Varnishes MSA Varnish with UV protection, to keep light from damaging your gold finish.
  2. If mixing varnish and solvents is intimidating for you, opt for a spray varnish.

How do you tone down a gold picture frame?

Try rubbing the bright gold with a pinch of rottenstone; this may dull the gold enough to do the job. A light touch of a clear coat over the frame would seal it. Caution, try the clear coat on a tiny area to be sure it will not lift the finish.