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Any furniture-top you use for the display and show, such as center or side table of your house & which you want to be looked like silvery or golden finish it is simple and you can do it by yourself!
You’ll need the following things:
|Wooden table||Primer or a grey latex base coat (used as base for Duco paint)||
Metallic leaf – sizing liquid (or spray) to fix the leaves
|Metallic leaves or Silver foil||Fine cotton fabric||Soft goat hair flat brush|
|Clear polyurethane or varnish for coating||Sandpaper of 220 number|
Step – 1:
First you should make sure that the furniture surface or top you are leafing or silvering is smooth enough otherwise rub it with sandpaper of 220 number (if required).
Step – 2:
Now apply a coat of transparent primer and ensure a smoother finish. Let it dry and then add a coat of metallic leaf – sizing liquid (clear liquid used for silver /gold leaf or foil).
Step – 3:
The silver leaves are delicate so work in a protected area. The sizing should be soft & sticky (gooey) and not wet when you start applying the leaves!
Step – 4:
Now, how to apply the delicate silver leaf?…don’t worry it’s a simple technique. Remove the single sheet of leaf. Transfer the paper as shown in figure and gently apply with your fingers or flat brush edge to edge!
Step – 5:
Simply peel the back paper carefully to leave the leaf adhered to the surface.
Step – 6:
Now repeat the above two steps till the entire surface is covered.
Note: You can also overlap the sheets for even coverage.
Step – 7:
Touch up the areas where the leaves are torn.
Step – 8:
Gently loose the flakes with a soft brush or a soft cloth as shown in figure.
Step – 9:
Once the surface is covered with silver leaf, now it’s time to add a protective coat.
Step – 10:
Now apply the two layers of clear polyurethane (PU) with a flat brush as shown in figure.
Step – 11:
Allow adequate time to dry for each coat – few hours are enough!