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Gold-Gilded Ansonia Crystal Regulator

Sobie-one-canobie

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Hello,

I purchased an Ansonia Crystal regulator at the NAWCC National show in Overland Park Kansas.

The gold finish has rubbed off over time. I would like to restore the finish such that it looks as close to "new" as possible.

Do i need to remove all of the original finish or can i just clean the casting and apply the new gold paint over the old finish?

I plan to use a gold paint that can be found at Michaels craft stores that looks pretty close to a real gold color. I have used Krylon 18k Gold paint before and would be another alternative although it loses it's luster when you apply clear coat over it.

Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated!

Regards,
Steve
 

lamarw

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I have never seen any of the gold paint on products work well. If you plan to do it yourself, I would recommend gold gilting vs. a paint on.

The proper way is to have it gold plated, but it is getting very hard to find anyone who does this type work these day. Plus it is a very expensive proposition.

Here is one I used the gold gilt process on:
 

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Sobie-one-canobie

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That piece is absolutely stunning! Beautiful!!! You did an excellent job!

So, you mean to guild it with actual rolled gold sheets, right?
 

lamarw

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Thank You~ My clock was a real mess when my wife acquired it. You are correct, and it is with the gold leaf. I think I either got those in Michaels or Hobby Lobby one. I do not think they are real gold but artificial gold leafs.

You may have to practice with it some until you get the knack of it. You pretty much apply it as described with the directions. My clock case was very detailed, and I applied with small pieces cut from each leaf. You will use wax paper to lay over the leaf and then cut the size piece you need and apply it with the wax paper against your finger tip. Most of my application was with my fingers, but there are spots and times when a lager artist brush is handy to remove the excess flakes or to get into crevices. Later you will coat it with the sealer.

You can buy the kit which contains the glue, leafs, and the sealer. I found it cheaper to buy the individual components separately.

Have fun since it is a rewarding project.
 

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