Rottenstone is also known as tripoli, a very fine abrasive for polishing to producing an old dusty look on picture frames and modern furniture.
Rottenstone is often used for polishing metals and distressing water gilded surfaces to reveal the bole (gilder’s clay).
How to use Rottenstone to polish wood, metal and gilded frames:
- Dip a Steel Wool Pad or a Microfiber Cloth in a light oil such as linseed oil and then into the Rottenstone.
- With some pressure, rub along the grain until the desired level of sheen is achieved.
- Wipe off the excess with a piece of cotton or a new Microfiber Cloth
- Wipe off with a dampened Microfiber Cloth with white spirit to remove the oil film.
- Allow the surface to dry well before applying a wax.
- To achieve an aged look on a gilded surface, lightly dust the surface using a Soft Wool Brush
- Brush off the excess of Rottenstone, leaving the dust to lie in the indentation.
For a newly gilded surface, you can use Kolner Patina to achieve an aged gilded look.
Choosing a gilding size
The Instacoll Gilding Size gloss (the mat is for indoor only) is for porous and non-porous surfaces, interior & exterior when gilding with genuine gold leaf.
1. Gilding size for imitation gold, silver, copper, variegated on wood, paper, concrete, and stone, use any of these:
For gilding on glass, plastic and metal use: Permacoll Gilding Size For All Metal Leafs And Gold Powder, indoor only.
2. Gilding size for genuine gold & silver leaf
3. Interior / Exterior gilding
Recommended reading: Choosing The Right Gilding Adhesive or Gilding Size
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