Dux Quick Dry Gilding Size
Dux Quick Dry Gilding Size is a quick setting oil-based leaf adhesive size specially designed for gilding all types of metal leaf on a wide variety of substrates. Tack will be reached in approximately 1-2 hours and remain tacky for an additional 1-2 hours for gilding, depending on atmospheric conditions. Quick Dry Gilding Size is ideal for small projects or when time is limited.
If more tack time is required, Quick Dry may be mixed with Dux Slow Set Size to achieve a wide variety of tack times. For example, a 1:1 mixture will reach proper tack in about 3 hours and remain tacky for about the same time.
Directions for Use:
Surface preparation is the key to obtaining a good looking and long lasting leafing project. Surfaces must be smooth and free of any dust, oils, and wax as well as fingerprints. If you are applying size over a previously finished object, the surfaces must be cleaned and lightly sanded. We recommend that you test a small area to ensure compatibility. Porous surfaces should be filled with a sealer or primer that is compatible with the substrate.
Application of Quick Dry Size:
Dux size has been formulated to be used at the consistency provided by the manufacturer. If you feel that thinning is necessary, mineral spirits may be added in small quantities. You can apply size with a brush, or roller as well as spray. Best results are obtained with a thin even film of around 2 mils of coating thickness. As with any paint or coating, adhesive size should be mixed prior to use. If brushing, any good quality natural bristle brush may be used. The self-leveling properties of the size eliminate the need to over brush the coating. If rolling, use a high quality short nap roller cover. When spraying, follow the equipment manufacturer recommendations.
Achieving a suitable tack is a critical step in the gilding process, because a lot of leaf can be lost if proper tack is not attained. When the proper tack has been reached, it should not leave fingerprints in the film. Then carefully lay down leaf over the size and rub lightly with a piece of flannel or cotton. Check out our blog on Gilding for some great tips!
If the adhesive size has lost it tack, it may be re-coated once it fully dries.
When you use imitation gold or silver leaf, a top coat will prevent tarnishing and preserve the beauty of your project.
If you are gliding for the first time, experiment beforehand on a piece of scrap.
- Coverage 200-250 square feet per gallon.
- Clean up wet size with mineral spirits. Or as you can see from the video we just used dish soap and water.
- Use lacquer thinner on dried material.
- Size can be used as a sealer and for top coating. This product has the characteristic of yellowing upon aging, giving your project an “antique” look.
- Size may be tinted with small amounts of oil based colors or universal colorants.
- Top-coating should be done after size is fully dry (after 24 hours).
- Ideal application conditions are 65-75° Fahrenheit and 40 to 60 percent relative humidity