Aqua gilding size – Universal adhesive for gilding in interior spaces
Aqua gilding size is a water-based acrylic dispersion adhesive, with which we recommend working on non-absorbent surfaces. If necessary, it can be diluted with up to 25 percent distilled water. If faster drying is desired, you can also dilute with methylated spirits. This universal adhesive is easy to apply with a brush, foam roller or paint gun. The drying time is one hour and the open time around eight hours, depending on the ambient temperature, the surface and its absorbency, as well as the degree of dilution of the Aqua gilding size.
Do not touch gilding or apply protective lacquer
After drying, an adhesive film remains on the surface to be gilded. Gold leaf, silver leaf, palladium leaf, aluminium leaf and impact metal* can be easily applied to this adhesive film. However, since this adhesive film has a very soft consistency, gilding on Aqua gilding size is always easily scratched and sensitive to damage. To prevent this, you must either avoid mechanical contact with the surface, i.e. do not touch with your hand, or the surface must be given an additional coating of protective lacquer.
Note regarding the use of Aqua gilding size for restoration work:
Aqua gilding size is an adhesive for gilding in modern spaces. We strongly advise against its use in restoration.
*Aqua gilding size is only suitable for impact metal subject to certain conditions. Thick layers of adhesive can favour the oxidation of impact metal.