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Oil Gilding
Oil gilding is a relatively easy and convenient method of gilding. It can be done on practically any surface you can think of, for example metal, glass, stone, plastic, etc.

In oil gilding, we speak of a matte gilded finish. The brilliance of water gilding can not be achieved by this method.

Oil gilding begins with the preparation of the surface to be gilded, here, for example, metal. First the metal is cleaned of any rust, and then coated with a layer of lacquer. This can be a commercially available auto lacquer, but shellac may also be used. Note, however, that shellac can be used only for interior gilding. The rule is: the more brilliant the undercoat, the more brilliant the gild.

The lacquered article must be free of dust and oil before the actual gilding can be started.

The next step is sizing. The size is an adhesive with a linseed oil base. It is offered in two forms, with drying times of 3 and 12 hours. The idea of drying time is to be understood this way: after application of the size, it is necessary to wait this long before beginning to lay the gold. Application of the size must be even and can be done with a (gilder’s) brush or with non-fluffy cotton.

The drying times are based on an average temperature of about 20o C. Higher temperatures, especially in summer, can, of course, influence these drying times. To check whether the size is sufficiently dry, run a finger over the sized areas. The surface must be sticky and you should hear a slight whistling sound.

Now you can begin with the actual gilding. Lay the gold leaf little by little onto the sized areas. In this gilding it is normal for excess pieces of the leaves to stick up. After the gold has been laid, examine the gild, filling in places you missed with leftover pieces, and removing any excess leaf. For this, be sure to use a clean squirrel hair brush, such as a gilder’s mop, round or oval.

The gild should now rest for a few days, until the size has dried completely. It can then be rubbed down with cotton to bring out the brilliance.

Oil gilding may be used without protective coating for both exterior and interior. Only when gilding with white gold or silver should you use an overcoat.

Gilding with Special Size is similar, taking into consideration the shorter drying time.

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