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I have a client that is looking for a lot of interior molding work to be completed to look like it has been gold leafed. I will attach pics of exactly what he has in mind so you can better understand the desired effect. He got a quote to actually use gold leaf but it was astronomical so he has informed me if I can find a paint that best replicated gold leaf he'll give me the job. This is a first for me so I am hopeful there are some people out there that have done this before. I am not looking for one of those 5 step processes in order to get it to look real (ie.: paint the background black, then with a copper color, then with a translucent gold, then a metallic clear, then poly) The amount of time to do all of that would be astronomical. These aren't just whole moldings, a molding will be off white and I have to individual paint the egg & dart pieces or small scrolls, etc. So a 1 step process is ideal. Any ideas? I did see just from looking around that at Home Depot there was a Valspar line called Brilliant Metals and they had a color called Gold Leaf. 2 step process, Gold background color and clear metallic overlay. Thank you for any help.







 

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Since you want an easy answer: be a hack and use gold paint.
 

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The reason GOLD is a precious metal is because nothing can cheaply replicate it.

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HO's like this crack me up. My buddy knew the contractor who remodeled mike tysons old house in farmington after 50 cent moved in. They wanted to paint the sinks gold because it would cost too much to get real gold sinks..sometimes you cant win

I would work up a sample of something and present it..honestly idk how you could make it look exactly like gold. Would be curious to see how close one can get though. I bet you michael tust on here would have a idea or two, he does some really talented faux work. This should almsot be in decorative finisihing
 

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Hello,
I have a client that is looking for a lot of interior molding work to be completed to look like it has been gold leafed. I will attach pics of exactly what he has in mind so you can better understand the desired effect. He got a quote to actually use gold leaf but it was astronomical so he has informed me if I can find a paint that best replicated gold leaf he'll give me the job. This is a first for me so I am hopeful there are some people out there that have done this before. I am not looking for one of those 5 step processes in order to get it to look real (ie.: paint the background black, then with a copper color, then with a translucent gold, then a metallic clear, then poly) The amount of time to do all of that would be astronomical. These aren't just whole moldings, a molding will be off white and I have to individual paint the egg & dart pieces or small scrolls, etc. So a 1 step process is ideal. Any ideas? I did see just from looking around that at Home Depot there was a Valspar line called Brilliant Metals and they had a color called Gold Leaf. 2 step process, Gold background color and clear metallic overlay. Thank you for any help.
It's not the time you need to worry about being astronomical - you said it's the cost of replicating the real gold leaf. So if it comes in at less than that - its a win win - sounds like you know how to do it, and if it is the only 'proper' way TO do it (I have no idea btw) then you sell that to the h/o as the viable alternative.

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The next thing that looks like gold is "dutch metal" or composition gold. Fake. Same process of applying but pennies in material. After that it all sucks. Modern masters has some OK paint as does Golden and Cresent. Cresent bronze powders probably can get best results. but nothing even gets close when side by side. I did years ago spray cresent on lead ornaments that are in the Abbey Room in Boston public library and at a height it does look like old gold.
 

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How about Lusterguild Gold. We have used it in the past on a scalloped ceiling in an old movie house. Looked real.
Lusterguild Gold? I have actually never heard of that. Is Lusterguild the brand name? any website? Thanks for the info. He wants the look, but yes he cannot afford the price. Gold is at a pretty high right now and he wants a lot of it. His house is amazing with architectural moldings galore however I think it simply is more for the look of it than actually trying to build a 10 million dollar home. Most of the moldings will be 11 feet in the air so there won't be any at eye level. And there will be no real gold next to it to compare it to, so hopefully something would be close enough to pass for it since there is no side by side comparison.
 

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Try out a few of the suggestions on here on sample pieces - show him (along with a rough cost for each one) and let him decide :thumbsup:
 

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My first choice would be 1 shot metallic gold. Hope this helps.
I actually just heard back from a buddy who is a sign painter in Upstate NY. He does a lot of real gold leafing on signage and he said the closest he has ever seen was 1 shot, metallic gold. I think I will give this a try first.

Any other people on here ever try this? Is it just a simple 1 step process?
 

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I have learned a lot from actually browsing sign painters forums. Many stated the 1 shot gold but I am finding others saying this Ronan's is even better. http://www.ronanpaints.com/metallic.htm

The funny thing is (and maybe something for everyone to learn) is the good sign makers say the 1 shot gold isn't all that great. You need to use a yellow base color then go over once with 1 shot brass for a more realistic gold effect. They say the Gold color they have just turns out looking like Mustard.

Thanks for the feedback, I think I will try this Ronan company first. Never heard of them but worth a shot from all the feedback I am hearing
 

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I have learned a lot from actually browsing sign painters forums. Many stated the 1 shot gold but I am finding others saying this Ronan's is even better. http://www.ronanpaints.com/metallic.htm

The funny thing is (and maybe something for everyone to learn) is the good sign makers say the 1 shot gold isn't all that great. You need to use a yellow base color then go over once with 1 shot brass for a more realistic gold effect. They say the Gold color they have just turns out looking like Mustard.

Thanks for the feedback, I think I will try this Ronan company first. Never heard of them but worth a shot from all the feedback I am hearing
Maybe the part of the forum that is dedicated to faux finishes and such like could do with your feedback after you've used it.
 

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We just did a theater where we had to put gold metallic on part of the moding and did a glaze faux finish on the main cornices. We used the gold metallic from Ralph Lauren. It turned out pretty nice. It will take 3 or 4 coats to get the metallic to cover since, it's so runny.
I have learned a lot from actually browsing sign painters forums. Many stated the 1 shot gold but I am finding others saying this Ronan's is even better. http://www.ronanpaints.com/metallic.htm

The funny thing is (and maybe something for everyone to learn) is the good sign makers say the 1 shot gold isn't all that great. You need to use a yellow base color then go over once with 1 shot brass for a more realistic gold effect. They say the Gold color they have just turns out looking like Mustard.

Thanks for the feedback, I think I will try this Ronan company first. Never heard of them but worth a shot from all the feedback I am hearing
 

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We just did a theater where we had to put gold metallic on part of the moding and did a glaze faux finish on the main cornices. We used the gold metallic from Ralph Lauren. It turned out pretty nice. It will take 3 or 4 coats to get the metallic to cover since, it's so runny.
Have you tried other golds before? like 1 shot metallic gold? even some of the shiny gold spray paints? That way, you have compared it to the others. Do you feel if you don't have any real gold in the room to compare it to that it would pass for real gold? or at least close enough?

Most people will just be entering his house and looking around and saying "wow, pretty house." I don't think he's going to be having a lot of professionals over to scrutinize his house. I am sure if I can find something that is the closest it should pass for him.

Also, you said it took many coats but then you did a glaze faux finish, what type of faux finish did you go for? Does it look good without a faux finish and just multiple coats? Thank you so much if you can reply to all that!! =)
 

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Sorry I didn't clarify myself correctly. We did a faux finish on the cornices which gave it the historic look where it brought back its age. The only thing thing we put the metallic on was the raised profile which wasn't part of the cornice. I have some pictures of when we were done. I'll put them on when I get home tonight.
Have you tried other golds before? like 1 shot metallic gold? even some of the shiny gold spray paints? That way, you have compared it to the others. Do you feel if you don't have any real gold in the room to compare it to that it would pass for real gold? or at least close enough?

Most people will just be entering his house and looking around and saying "wow, pretty house." I don't think he's going to be having a lot of professionals over to scrutinize his house. I am sure if I can find something that is the closest it should pass for him.

Also, you said it took many coats but then you did a glaze faux finish, what type of faux finish did you go for? Does it look good without a faux finish and just multiple coats? Thank you so much if you can reply to all that!! =)
 

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It looks like "Lusterguild" Gold was purchased by another company about 5 years ago and is no longer around.(V.O.C.?) My local paint store has a gold product 'Sheffield Bronze Paint Corp" which is similar. Try googling it.
 
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