Q&A: Should I clear coat over gold leaf?

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Posted on Sunday, August 14th, 2022

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Rodney Vicik
Rodney Vicik
1 year ago

Most of my gold leaf is on boat transoms. I clear with Awlgrip high solids clear. Sometimes I will also apply the size on top of the gold leaf, let it dry and then spray a couple of dry coats before applying the wet coats of the Awlgrip. This helps it bond to the leaf. On carved signage I don’t clear.

William Betz
William Betz
1 year ago

Always clear coat boats and vehicles, (we use Sikkens Automotive Clear), but NEVER, NO NEVER, clear coat a sign that will not be subject to abrasion. The gold will outlast anything that you put over it.

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