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    has anyone tried this and do u just clear over it or do u use a adhesive promoter?
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    Did a search on google and found a site that might help you out. I've seen some fine looking work on some bikes using gold leaf...might try it someday.

    I do have a question about it myself. Let's say you want a gold leaf star, for instance. How do you apply it so it is the desired shape? I can't imagine that you'd apply it and then use a razor blade to cut the edges smooth. Would a guy simply mask off the shape, apply the sizing to the exposed surface, apply the gold leaf and then pull off the tape? I suppose since the leaf is so very thin it might act like paint would, and create a crisp edge when the tape was removed.

    http://www.iswonline.com/cwb/200102/leafing.htm

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    I cant answer your questions but I saw somewhere on tv a guy doing it.He applies the glue and laid the leaf over it and then came back with a brush and knocked off all the excess.I didn't see how he applied the glue but I'd imagine he taped it off like you said.Curious myself.
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    I believe it was Indian Larry's bike on the Bike Build-off. I haven't done it either, but he did apply the sizing glue with a brush and a stencil. He said to make sure that you use a very soft brush and very gentle motion to remove the excess leafing. It is so thin that the excess material comes right off leaving only the glued portion. I don't think it showed if he applied anything over the leafing before he cleared it. Hope this helps some.
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    i have also seen gold leaf done in vinyl form, kind of like a sign maker would use with diffrent textures also. i think it was like $75 a square foot. the nice thing about the vinyl form would be that you could run it through a vinyl cutter and with the correct software you can cut just about anything you can scan. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/peace.gif[/img]
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    To gold leaf you can use sizing or you can use a paint the same or contrasting color as your base color. When I use paint I use One Shot because it is a slow dry enamel and gives you time to do your painting and apply the leaf before the paint drys. Let the sizing/paint dry almost completly then apply the gold leaf. When it is dry, use a cotton ball or soft brush to remove the excess, then clear. Leaf scratches very easy. You can form shapes with tape or cut out frisket as a mask for the sizing. Lift the mask then apply the leaf. There are different ways to apply leaf. For lettering or scroll work I use a Lettering Quill and paint on my letters or scrolls, then apply the leaf. Sometimes I let the leaf crack to let the letter color show through, then outline with a contrasting color. Gold Leaf is simple to work with. I think the hardest part to master is getting the leaf from the backing paper to the project without tearing it or getting wrinkles in it. Did some scroll work on bikes back when it was popular. Maybe it will come back someday.
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    Am getting ready to do a candy paint job on a Harley that will have gold leaf flames over all the parts (tanks, fenders, saddlebags etc.) I am useing all House of Color products for this job. HOK, in their tech manual say their Imatation Gold lettering urathane makes an excellent gold leaf size, and it does work good for smaller applications such as lettering, or mini graphics, & this is where my problem lies.I would like to size a large area at one time, and apply the leaf, however there is a short window on the tack time of the lettering urathane that the leaf has to be applied in. The lettering urathane remains tacky only for a short time. All of my previous experience using gold leaf has been with using one shot lettering enamels which by the way work great as a sizing, HOWEVER, I am not willing to chance ruining this paint job by putting an oil based sizing under urathane clear, especially using gold leaf in such a large area. I've read that if you catalize the one shot it can be (cautiously) cleared over. QUESTION.....does anyone know of a good urathane compatable gold sizing that stays tacky long enough to apply a large amount of gold leaf? Need some answers, any out there?
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    Default Re: gold leaf size under Urathane clear

    Carlini
    I'm doing almost the samething on my RK tank , just a variation. I'm leafing just the tips of the flames, putting on a couple of coats of intercoat to get rid of the edge .fading the gold shimrim base from the main flame area onto the leaf leaving the tips just gold leaf. then doing the same with the candy.Black tank with a combo of CA red and brandywine with some pagan gold highlites. also using aerasol sizing i bought at a craft store.
    BTW, don't sneeze when your applying gold leaf.

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    Default Re: gold leaf size under Urathane clear

    I bought some gold leaf and sizing from the local hobby lobby to use on a model car, but never did. I have been kicking the idea around about using it for some sort of graphic when I re-paint my Camaro, as I haven't ever seen gold leaf in real life before, just on TV.

    The way I have seen it done is they mask off the part they want leafed, then apply the sizing. Remove the mask, then apply the leaf, using a brush to remove the excess.
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    Default Re: gold leaf size under Urathane clear

    I have put a urathane clear over One Shot and without any problems. You need to let it dry a day or so, depending on the weather, then mist on the first coat of clear to seal the enamel. I have used HOK and Chroma Base clears. The key is to let the One Shot completly dry.
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