Aluminum is a lightweight but resistant metal; its silvery metallic appearance is due to the thin surface layer of oxidation which forms rapidly on contact with air; it is a physical protective barrier to corrosion or further oxidation, not soluble in water.
Aluminum has about one-third the density of steel or copper; it is malleable and ductile and it can be easily machined; as already stated, it has an excellent corrosion and ageing resistance. It is nonmagnetic and does not easily ignite. It is the second more malleable metal and the sixth more ductile one.
The aluminum leaves, got by hammering, are about 0,35 µ thick. They are usually applied by means of water-based glues (water based mission) or fat glues (fat mission) on accurately prepared surfaces.
They are little sensitive to UV rays, to humidity and temperature; anyway we recommend to store them closed in their original packages, away from direct sunlight at room temperature (recommended 18-23 C°) above all because of the constant presence of polluting agents in the air and situations particularly aggressive even for aluminum.
This imitation silver leaf is great for gilding furniture, walls, ceiling and decorative objects. Applicable on all kinds of materials such as wood, metal, gibb-board, stone, glass, ceramic, concrete, paper, plastic, Fabric etc.
– Professional grade.
– The leafs are placed loosely one on top of the other out of alignment of about 3 cm for easy pick up.
Composition: 100% Aluminium.
x39 leafs per sqm. Exclude waste and overlap.
– Imitation metal leafs are to be used indoor only. Or use a special resin to protect the leaf, if you want to use them out door.
– When using imitation metal leaf, it is best to use Gilder’s Gloves to avoid leaving finger prints on the metal leafs, as these finger prints will show up later on after you apply the sealer.
– To apply the metal leafs onto the surface without scratching the metal leafs, use either Gilder’s Gloves, Cotton Yarn or Wool Brush.