Gilders Paste Q and A

1. What is Gilders Paste?

Gilders Paste is a wax-based medium that can be applied to metal, wood, polymer clay, ceramics, resin, wax and gourds.

2. Do I need to prep the surface of my piece first before I apply Gilders Paste?

The surface should be dry and clean, free of dirt, oil and grease. If the piece is smooth, you will need to texture the piece lightly with sandpaper or steel wool, as Gilders Paste cannot stick to smooth surfaces.

3. How do I apply Gilders Paste?

You can use your finger or a sponge, toothbrush, paintbrush or cloth to apply the paste in a rubbing motion. Make sure to use the paste in a well ventilated area.

4. How do I remove Gilders Paste?

Wet a cloth with a little paint thinner and gently wipe the surface of the piece. If some paste still remains, let the piece sit for a few minutes and then wipe off the remaining paste. Gilders Paste can also be removed with a cloth within 15 minutes of application. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove.

5. Can I combine different colors?

You can mix different colors of Gilders Paste together while they are wet to achieve a blended effect. You can also layer different colors on top of each other. Let your first color dry for at least an hour before adding the second color.

6. Can I achieve different highlighting effects with Gilders Paste?

Rubbing the piece immediately after application with a dry cloth or a cloth that is slightly wet with paint thinner will remove Gilders Paste from the relief detail and highlight depressed details. Lightly brushing Gilders Paste over the top will highlight the relief details.

7. What is the drying time?

Gilders Paste will dry to the touch in approximately 60 minutes. Complete cure time is approximately 12 hours. If polishing or burnishing is required, allow 12 hours drying time. Allow at least 24 hours drying time if using on candles.

8. Is Gilders Paste permanent?

Yes, the paste is designed to be permanent once it dries.

9. Do I need to seal my piece after the Gilders Paste has dried?

Sealing your piece is not necessary, but you may want to seal it with a clear glaze or sealant if it will have a lot of contact (such as a clasp).

10. Will the colors fade in sunlight?

Gilders Paste does not fade in sunlight.

11. Can I polish Gilders Paste after it dries?

Polishing the metallic Gilders Pastes with a soft cloth will produce a gilded finish. Nonmetallic pastes will be shiny after polishing. If left unpolished, the finish will be semi-gloss or matte depending on the color.

12. My tin of Gilders Paste has dried out. Can I still use it?

Yes. Add a little paint thinner or mineral spirits to the paste and mix it together. You do not need to mix up the whole tin, just mix what you need as you need it.

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