OUTSIDE GILDING

To regild signs in place, or to gild in places where it may be windy, proceed as in ordinary surface gilding, with this exception: Use gold leaf in rolls or "patent" gold leaf. Trying to gild with loose gold in outside locations is apt to be unsatisfactory and cause an undue loss of gold leaf. Each leaf of patent gold is adhered to a thin sheet of paper which you can handle with your fingers.

Lay the gold from the paper, smoothly and evenly. Before removing the paper, rub the back of it to make sure the gold is thoroughly adhered to the size. After laying, burnish with absorbent cotton and finish as usual. Where the job is so small that it would be too costly to wait for slow size to dry; where there is a good deal of dust; or when the likelihood of inclement weather makes it inadvisable or impracticable to use "slow" size, Quick-Drying gold size may be used instead. This will dry to a tack in from 2 to 3 hours.

The addition of a few drops of castor oil will slow up the drying according to amount used. Always remember, however, it is much easier to obtain a good burnish with a slow size, which is also more durable on exterior work. On a fairly good-sized job where it is necessary, for one reason or another, to use quick size, it is advisable to burnish the first letter: gild the third letter and then burnish the second, gild the forth and burnish the third, and so on. Quick Rubbing Varnish is a quality varnish.

This material can also be used as a size when quick surface gilding is desired. Tack time for this material is approximately 10 to 30 minutes on average. Except where it will be subject to abrasion through much washing or other causes, 23K gold leaf needs no protective covering. Do not, therefore, varnish over the gold in surface gilding, it dulls the brilliance. Where gold leaf is to be varnished over, as in truck lettering, use a quick, hard-drying size.

OUTSIDE GILDING

To regild signs in place, or to gild in places where it may be windy, proceed as in ordinary surface gilding, with this exception: Use gold leaf in rolls or "patent" gold leaf. Trying to gild with loose gold in outside locations is apt to be unsatisfactory and cause an undue loss of gold leaf. Each leaf of patent gold is adhered to a thin sheet of paper which you can handle with your fingers.

Lay the gold from the paper, smoothly and evenly. Before removing the paper, rub the back of it to make sure the gold is thoroughly adhered to the size. After laying, burnish with absorbent cotton and finish as usual. Where the job is so small that it would be too costly to wait for slow size to dry; where there is a good deal of dust; or when the likelihood of inclement weather makes it inadvisable or impracticable to use "slow" size, Quick-Drying gold size may be used instead. This will dry to a tack in from 2 to 3 hours.

The addition of a few drops of castor oil will slow up the drying according to amount used. Always remember, however, it is much easier to obtain a good burnish with a slow size, which is also more durable on exterior work. On a fairly good-sized job where it is necessary, for one reason or another, to use quick size, it is advisable to burnish the first letter: gild the third letter and then burnish the second, gild the forth and burnish the third, and so on. Quick Rubbing Varnish is a quality varnish.

This material can also be used as a size when quick surface gilding is desired. Tack time for this material is approximately 10 to 30 minutes on average. Except where it will be subject to abrasion through much washing or other causes, 23K gold leaf needs no protective covering. Do not, therefore, varnish over the gold in surface gilding, it dulls the brilliance. Where gold leaf is to be varnished over, as in truck lettering, use a quick, hard-drying size.