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Matching a silver/gold finish10/1/15
I've got a project where I need to match a silver/gold "foil" finish from Lordts. Any suggestions of how to do this? I've attached a picture of a sample the designer gave me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I've only gold leafed once and that was decades ago with mediocre results. I'm hoping to spray a finish on. Any other suggestions? The gold leaf has me a little uncertain.
Rich - gilding (metal leaf) is your best option to get that same look.
If you use a metallic auto paint it will not look the same as metal. Maybe it's worth doing a sample if your client is not too demanding/discerning.
The only other alternative I know is to use a spray on metal (e.g., Plate All or Luminore) and buff it out - but's it's very expensive and labor intensive and takes practice (like everything).
Maybe someone in your area does gilding work and you can sub out that part of the job. if not, consider getting a copy of Pierre Finkelstein's book "The Art of Faux." It has a very good section on gilding that you can practice.
Do you know a good source for gilding material?
Here's a few;
woodfinishingenterprises.com has a single gold leaf and size
goldleafcompany.com/ has a wide selection of leaf, size, tools, and accessories
gildedplanet.com has a very wide selection of leaf, size, tools, and accessories
An art or crafts store will have an inexpensive leafing kit, usually by Mona Lisa Products: www.houstonart.com
As always, thanks for the input. We are going to try the gilding, someone who works for us knows a guy who does it, etc.