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Varnish over gold leaf

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:53 pm
by Tom Gruenauer
Looking for advise on varnishing over gold leaf. It was recommended to make sure I remove ALL of the tiny specs of gold left behind. Very nervous about varnishing over the artwork.
Thanks

Re: Varnish over gold leaf

Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:12 pm
by John DeVries
Hello Tom,

I have done only one gold leaf job, but it turned out pretty well and the owner of the boat gave it a score of 85 out of 100. I'm working on improving that number.

There wasn't a problem with small flakes - they all seemed to disappear with a light brushing.

One thing that the owner insisted on was that I use Epifanes Rapidclear for the two protection coats. I didn't really like working with the Rapidclear, but it didn't dull the gold like normal Epifanes did.

John

Re: Varnish over gold leaf

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:14 am
by Tom Gruenauer
Did you roll or brush over the completed leaf?

Re: Varnish over gold leaf

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:30 pm
by John DeVries
Tom,

I used a foam brush. The varnish was applied lightly and slowly, but I'm not sure that was necessary. I think the gold leaf was pretty well attached to the sizing.

I have since changed my varnish application method. The varnish is rolled on horizontally with a 4" foam roller, then rolled vertically, then tipped horizontally with a foam brush. The brush starts ahead of the new varnish area and ends in the previous area. Fish eyes, sags, holidays, and vertical lap lines are now all things of the past.

Sorry about the long reply times. An annoying little thing called Wordfence keeps denying access to "log in" and a temporary alternate password only works occasionally.

John

Re: Varnish over gold leaf

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 6:10 am
by Tom Gruenauer
Thank you for getting back to me with your information.
I use the roll and tip method also.
Just waiting for the weather in WNY to get in to the lower 70"s to apply over my artwork.
85degrees and 85% humidity does not work for me.