Gold leaf exterior paint

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Gilding Ceilings and large area surfaces like walls has never been easier. Learn how now!

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Turn almost any object into a gold-plated work of art. Colorful and simple instructions make it easy. Start with the surfaces that are easiest for gilding-wood, then plastic, then stainless steel, glass, and ceramic. Along with projects come practical tips and imaginative suggestions for both small- and large-scale techniques, so you can either add light detailing or go for a total transformation.

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Exterior Gold Leafing Techniques

Gilded Building details made from wood, stone, fiberglass and metal take on the dynamic qualities of gold - its luster and color. The correct selection of gold leaf, its gold content and thickness, will ensure a long lasting gilded ornament.

Gold leaf is manufactured in a wide range of colors and karats. Leaf made from 100% gold is 24kt. To produce a wide variety of colors, copper and silver is mixed with gold. When copper is added, the leaf becomes warmer and richer in tone. When silver is added, the leaf becomes paler in tone. The addition of these other metals lowers the karat value of gold leaf. Gold leaf is manufactured in a range from 9kt "White" to 24kt "Fine Gold".

Gold is completely resistant to corrosion. The addition of silver and copper lowers the resistance of gold leaf to corrosion. However, the copper or silver in 23.75kt or 23kt leaf is so low that it will maintain its integrity outdoors for 30 years or more. A dome, building detail, metal fence or outdoor statue will require a 23kt to 23.75kt leaf that ranges from 96% to 98.5% in purity. Karats less than 23 are recommended for indoor use and many colors and karats are available.

Leaf thickness is best described as grams per 1, 000 leaves. This measurement is used to compare one variety with another. The approximate weight of leaf for an outdoor surface is 18 to 23 grams per 1, 000 leaves. The heavier the leaf, the longer it will repel the abrasive effects of snow, rain, wind, dust and sand particles.

When selecting gold leaf for an exterior architectural project, look first for the gold content and gram weight. A 23kt to 23.75kt gold leaf weighing 18 to 23 grams/1000 leaves properly applied will shine for decades.

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Popular Q&A

How do you paint over gold leaf with tempera paint?

Tempera won't stick to gold leaf. It will crack off as it dries out.

How To Apply Gold Leaf to a Painting

Although it is not always common among painters, applying gold leaf to paintings can give a unique impact and fine accent to these magnum opuses. Paintings applied with gold leaf can easily be classified from the traditional painting articles. A painter needs to have skill in gilding because of the delicate nature of these works of art.

Where can I get gold leaf paint?

I dont want to use the gold leaf sheets becuase its a very lengthy process, and i heard dissolves into the wall after a little while.
Where can I get gold leaf paint?

There is a gold leaf product that comes in a tube you rub on a small amount with your fingertip works great. You should be able to get it at any craft store.

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