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Mirror frame

Posted By: Caroline <carocsia@netscape.net> (c-24-23-249-137.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: 8/15/5 20:03

Hello!

Someone gave me an antique mirror (although I don't kow how old). It's got a beautiful sculpted frame (the motives seem to be sculpted in the wood as opposed to being plaster-type moldings), but it's painted white... As I started to clean it, I realized that there was a somewhat dull gold coat under the faded white and, in some slightly damaged areas, I saw a nice gold leaf layer under it. So my question is:

Is there any way to remove the coats of white and gold paint and still be able salvage the gold leaf underneath?

I have another question, that one to the person who covered gold leaf with cheap gold and white paint... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Caroline

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