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gold leaf clear back paint on glass?

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by NicEONE, Apr 23, 2010.

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  1. NicEONE

    NicEONE New Member

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    anyone every try using clear for back paint on gold leaf instead of color?
    im experimenting figured i'd ask before trying tomorrow.
     
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  2. jdb

    jdb Active Member

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    You nead back-up enamel.
     
  3. astro8

    astro8 Active Member

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    You can use a clear...problem is if your hand lettering it's hard to see what your doing.
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    There wouldn't be any benefit to using clear back up. You need the color back there to give the image some kind of punch from the other side. Most people will clear over the entire job once everything is dried, but not before the Japan color is applied.
     
  5. RiXaX

    RiXaX Member

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    We used to back up with black and then after cleaning the gold we'd do a gentle wash with lacquer thinner to remove the black. We could then varnish and have gold on both sides. The black will provide more durability though.
     
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