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Gilding and Gold Leaf - Potomac, MD and VA

Gilding is a technique that involves the application of gold to a hard surface. The gold is typically 23 karat or below and is applied in a powder or leaf like form and in thin coats on stones, metals and woods. Gilding has been used for decades and in numerous ways for decoration purposes. Three types of gilding are oil gilding, glass gilding and water gilding. Each technique is special in its own way and offers a different appearance.

The technique of gold gilding is tedious and requires expertise to restore and refinish such perfect designs. This method is done by gilding the gold on the reserve side of the glass to deliver a stunning design and mirror like reflection in the picture. Antique gilding needs to be precise and done correctly in order to achieve the appropriate result to the item.

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Oil Gilding is one of the most common and easiest methods to use. Although, it can be appealing to the eye it is not as beautiful as the other techniques but is perfect for outdoor pieces. This type of gilding is more forgiving, and will still help to deliver a pleasing result.Water gilding offers the highest quality and most natural looking finish to any other method that is used. This process is time consuming and requires intense preparation for every item. Although this form will give the greatest appearance and end result, it is only practical for items that will be far away from moist areas. This stunning method is usually used on artwork and frames.

Colonial Restoration cherishes every piece of antique art and furniture and is dedicated to helping you to gain the most from your item. We offer consultations and can come to you! Give us a call today and find out about our antique gilding and services!

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