Gilding adhesive for all types of metal leafs for indoor gilding only. The adhesive is applied with a synthetic brush. After the base layer has dried—which can last up to 1 hour—it is possible to gild for 1 hour without using the activator. For a longer lasting or later gilding, the surface can be reactivated with the Instacoll Activator.
Preparing the surface
The surface must be cured, dry and free from dust and grease. Surfaces must be machined in such way that they are also weather-resistant without gilding.
- Gilding Wood: For untreated wood, a suitable wood primer must be used first.
- Gilding stone or plaster: apply one coat of a diluted mix of 9 parts Instacoll Base to 1 part water. Allow about 40 minutes to dry, now apply normal coat of Instacoll Base Size.
- Gilding Metal: This is a delicate gilding job. Before applying Instacoll, the surface must be well prepared to protect the metal leaf and to avoid corrosion. Use a suitable metal primer and apply two coats. If your metal is in outdoor it is best to apply two coats of a suitable high-gloss paint.
- Gilding glass: You can use Instacoll Base Size on glass but this can only be done for interior.
- Apply Instacoll grey adhesive one or two layers to cover the surface well.
- Let Instacoll dry completely (1-2h).
- Apply the activator with a cloth or brush and let it dry (5-10 min).
- Firmly press down the gold leaves and rub with a cotton over the transfer paper.
- Peel off the transfer paper, press down the gold leaf with the Instacoll Tissue once more and brush off the redundant gold. Burnish the gold with an Instacoll Tissue.
- Application time is unlimited.
- When the applicator is dried the gold leafs can be applied for about 1-2h. If the adherence decreases, the Activator can be applied again.