Do you need special glue for gold leaf?
Many people ask “Do you need special glue for gold leaf? The answer is yes, and that special glue is our gold leaf adhesive perfect for holding any metal leaf sheet to many surfaces.
This gilding adhesive has been designed for the following materials
- Gold Leaf Sheets
- Silver Leaf Sheets
- Copper Leaf Sheets
- Variegated Gold Leaf
- Imitation Gold Leaf
- Imitation Silver Leaf
The metal gilding adhesive can be applied to the following materials
- Oil paintings
How to apply gold leaf adhesive
- Collect a flat 1/2″ artist’s brush to cover larger areas and a small brush for finer areas to allow for precise application. If you’re covering large areas you may wish to use a brush larger than 1/2″
- Evenly apply a thin coat of adhesive to the required areas
- Allow 1 hour resting time
- Proceeded to carefully add the leaf sheet to the area with gilding adhesive and press well until you get your required finish. It may be easier to split the leaves into smaller pieces when applying.
- Use a hard bristled brush to sweep off any excess gold leaf
Can gilding adhesive be used as an over-paint?
Yes, our water-based gilding adhesive can be used over paint. For best results, use fine sandpaper, 1200 grit and up, and lightly sand the acrylic surface first to increase adhesion, then apply the gilding size.
Can I use spray adhesive for gold leaf?
Although it may be possible to use a spray adhesive for gold leaf gilding, it isn’t advisable. The holding force is much lower and will not hold for long periods of time. This is why we developed our gilding adhesive specifically made for holding various leaf types.
Other terms for Gilding adhesive
- Gilding paste
- Metal leaf adhesive
- Flake adhesive
- Leaf glue