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Re: Gold Leaf Oxidation

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 6/15/5 01:10

In Response To: Gold Leaf Oxidation (Roger Robinson)

Hi Roger...real gold leaf doesn't tarnish, so you're dealing with imitation gold leaf or perhaps bronzing powders that do tarnish. If the leafed surface is coated in a sealer and has tarnished then you've got a problem. If it's not sealed then a solution of vinegar and warm water might help with a bunch of Q-tips, or maybe even some Tarn-X applied carefully....you may find that the only way to restore the luster will be to re-gild it with some new leaf and then antique it a bit for the right look, or perhaps use one of the gilding touch up paints...if it is imitation leaf then you're not really affecting the value...and it will look better if the surface is highlighted again to get rid of the green tarnish look... http://www.dickblick.com/zz271/04/ http://www.dickblick.com/zz271/00/

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