Best Top Coat Sealers for Genuine and Metal leaf gilding

High quality, professional sealers for gilding on furniture, frames, objects, walls and ceilings.

Every gilding project is different and choosing the right sealer can be challenging.

Select from oil based clear sealers, water based top coats, shellac, asphaltum, spar varnish, back up varnish and more.

Imitation Gold and Copper leaf will oxodize (tarnish) over time.Therefore, these metals require a clear coat sealer. Genuine Gold leaf, lower than 23kt, as well as Genuine Silver leaf also require clear coat sealers to prevent oxidation.

Dux Acrylic top coat sealer

Crystal clear solvent based sealers

Water based clear sealers

Water based clear sealers

De-waxed Blonde Shellac

Blonde Shellac

Gilder's Window Spar Varnish

Gilder's Window Spar Varnish

Gilder's Quick Rubbing Varnish

Gilder's Quick Rubbing Varnish

Gilder's Asphaltum

Gilder's Asphaltum


Acrylic top coat sealer for gold and Silver leaf

Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Gloss

Solvent Based

In Stock

Acrylic Topcoat - Gloss Dux Acrylic Topcoat is a non-reactive, premium water clear sealer for genuine and metal leaf. Made from acrylic copolymers, This is formulated as a Gilder's protective sealer. Acrylic Topcoat provides protection from abrasion, water and ultra violet light. This solvent based sealer resists chemicals and may be applied by brush or spray. Download complete specification sheet for this product. Covers approx. 60 sqft per quart. Dux Acrylic Top Coat is manufactured in the United States.


ACC $ 11.95
Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Gloss 4oz. Sampler and small projects.
4oz Sealer
DATG/Q $ 36.00
Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Gloss Quart - Coverage approx. 60 sqft.
Sealer
DATG/GAL $ 110.00
Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Gloss Gallon - Coverage approx. 200 sqft.
Sealer
Dux Acrylic top coat sealer for imitation gold and imitation Silver leaf

Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Satin

Solvent Based

In Stock

Acrylic Topcoat - Satin Dux Acrylic Topcoat is a non-reactive, premium water clear sealer for genuine and metal leaf. Made from acrylic copolymers, This is formulated as a Gilder's protective sealer. Acrylic Topcoat provides protection from abrasion, water and ultra violet light. This solvent based sealer resists chemicals and may be applied by brush or spray. Download complete specification sheet for this product. Covers approx. 60 sqft per quart. Covers approx. 60 sqft per quart. Dux Acrylic Top Coat is manufactured in the United States.


DATS/Q $ 36.00
Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Satin Quart - Coverage approx. 60 sqft.
Sealer
DATS/GAL $ 115.00
Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Satin Gallon - Coverage approx. 200 sqft.
Sealer
Hydrocote waterbased sealer for gold and Silver leaf

Hydrocote Polysheild Clear topcoat - Gloss

Water Based

In Stock

Hydrocote Topcoat - Gloss Polyshield Clear topcoat is a water based non-yellowing polyurethane sealer. This sealer is water clear with exceptional clarity. It dries quickly to a hard durable finish. It is resistant to water and marring when fully cured. Polyshield is UV stable which keeps it from yellowing over time.

Polyshield can be used over genuine gold, white gold, Silver, imitation gold, copper, and aluminum. Polyshield is available in gloss and satin. It is non-flammable, non-toxic and environmentally safe. DO NOT USE with patent leaf or rolls, due to the wax reside on the backing paper.

Stir contents thoroughly, do not shake container.

- Apply at package consistency, may be thinned up to 8oz per gallon with water only if needed.

- May be applied by brush, or sprayed. If brushing apply in smooth even strokes, avoid over brushing.

- Dries within one hour, allow two hours before recoating.

- Allow at least 24 hours drying time prior to rubbing, polishing, wet sanding or wax finishing.

- Clean-up with soap and warm water.

- Dried material may be softened for clean-up with lacquer Thinner.

- Coverage is about 400sq/ft per gallon.

- Keep from freezing.

Key Product Features

- Non-Flammable, Non-Toxic, Environmentally Safe

- Quick Drying

- Water Clear, non yellowing

- Mar, water, and chemical resistant

- Highly versatile - apply by brush, dip, spray, wipe on

- No need to sand between coats


DWTG/Q $ 35.00
Hydrocote TopCoat Sealer - Gloss Quart - Coverage approx. 90 sqft.
Sealer
DWTG/G $ 116.00
Hydrocote TopCoat Sealer - Gloss Gallon - Coverage approx. 400 sqft.
Sealer
waterbased satin sealer for gold and Silver leaf

Hydrocote Polysheild Clear topcoat - Satin

Water Based

In Stock

Hydrocote Topcoat - Satin Polyshield Clear topcoat is a water based non-yellowing polyurethane sealer. This sealer is water clear with exceptional clarity. It dries quickly to a hard durable finish. It is resistant to water and marring when fully cured. Polyshield is UV stable which keeps it from yellowing over time.

Polyshield can be used over genuine gold, white gold, Silver, imitation gold, copper, and aluminum. Polyshield is available in gloss and satin. It is non-flammable, non-toxic and environmentally safe. DO NOT USE with patent leaf or rolls, due to the wax reside on the backing paper.

Stir contents thoroughly, do not shake container.

- Apply at package consistency, may be thinned up to 8oz per gallon with water only if needed.

- May be applied by brush, or sprayed. If brushing apply in smooth even strokes, avoid over brushing.

- Dries within one hour, allow two hours before recoating.

- Allow at least 24 hours drying time prior to rubbing, polishing, wet sanding or wax finishing.

- Clean-up with soap and warm water.

- Dried material may be softened for clean-up with lacquer Thinner.

- Coverage is about 400sq/ft per gallon.

- Keep from freezing.

Key Product Features

- Non-Flammable, Non-Toxic, Environmentally Safe

- Quick Drying

- Water Clear, non yellowing

- Mar, water, and chemical resistant

- Highly versatile - apply by brush, dip, spray, wipe on

- No need to sand between coats


DWTS/Q $ 35.00
Hydrocote TopCoat Sealer - Satin Quart - Coverage approx. 90 sqft.
Sealer
DWTS/G $ 116.00
Hydrocote TopCoat Sealer - Satin Gallon - Coverage approx. 400 sqft.
Sealer
Liberon Blonde Dewaxed Shellac Flakes

Dewaxed Blonde Shellac Flakes

Pure shellac flakes produces a light transparent colored shellac finish.

Liberon Blonde Dewaxed Shellac Flakes creates the perfect French Polish and is ideally suited as a barrier coat for gilded applications and for antique restoration on wood surfaces and furniture.

The finish dries quickly and has a luxurious feel once rubbed out. Shellac is also 100% natural and non-toxic.

Shellac in flake form allows you to mix up only as much as you need in order to minimize waste and maximize shelf life. Liberon shellac flakes are dewaxed and ready for use.

Production Method

- Add 250g of Liberon shellac flakes to 1 liter of methylated spirits and allow the shellac flakes to soak for a minimum of 24 hours or until all the shellac flakes have dissolved.

- Stir or shake occasionally to help the shellac flakes to dissolve more easily.

- More shellac flakes or methylated spirits may be added to adjust the strength according to your preference.

- Store in a cool, dry place.

471bl-250 $ 40.65
Liberon De-waxed shellac flakes - 250 grams
Blonde Shellac Flakes
Spar varnish

Gilder's Window Spar Varnish

In Stock

Window Spar Varnish. Solvent based back up varnish for gilding on glass. 8 oz container. Used as a final overcoat for reverse glass work. Use for scuff and scratch protection and limited resistance to cleaning chemicals. Dry in 2 - 3 hours depending on environmental conditions. Apply with a brush or roller. Reduce with Mineral Spirits 5% - 10% to use in airbrush. INDOOR USE ONLY


WS/8 $ 48.00
Window Spar Varnish - Glass gilding back-up varnish
Varnish
Quick Rubbing Varnish sealer

Quick Rubbing Varnish

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Gilders Quick Rubbing Varnish. A traditional alkyd resin quick rubbing varnish of the highest quality. Amber in color, used especially as a undercoat in finishing surfaces, for general purposes-mixing colors and as a quick gold size. Application: Quick Varnish is packaged in brush consistency. For brushing, you may thin with no more than up to 10% with turpentine or mineral spirits. Can rub out(77 degrees)in 24 hours. Clean up with mineral spirits. Gilders Quick Rubbing Varnish


QR/8 $ 27.00
Gilders Quick Rubbing Varnish.
Spar Varnish
Gilder's Asphaltum

Gilder's Asphaltum

Asphaltum is used as a darkening liquid for creating shade effects on genuine and metal leaf.
In Stock

Gilders Asphaltum - 1 Pint U.S. Solvent based. Manufactured in the USA.

Asphaltum Varnish in a glaze is capable of creating a wide spectrum of colors.

- Thin coats of Asphaltum Varnish appear light gold.

- Medium coats of Asphaltum Varnish create rich Copper tones.

- Heavy coats of Asphaltum Varnish create Bronze Burnt Umber undertones.

- Very thick coats of Gilders Asphaltum Varnish appear Black and opaque.

Aspahltum is also a varnish and can be used as a topcoat. Additional topcoats are not required but depending on your project, you may choose to apply an additional sealer.

Many Antique Vintage Mirrors have Asphaltum Varnish as the original Backing Paint after the Glass was Silvered. Asphaltum Varnish was applied to add depth and scratch protection. Asphaltum is used in reverse glass sign work, in sandblasting frosted glass, glue chipping as a resist and shading effects. Gilders Asphaltum Varnish is one of the worlds oldest coating still used today.

Back up paint for glass gilding

Gilder's Back-Up Paint

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Back-up Paint: The thick screen ink used as a "back-up" paint for gilded glass. 8 oz container. Gilders Gold Leaf Backup Paint - Used as a Backup Enamel when backing up Gold or Silver Leaf while glass gilding. Gilders Back Up is packaged in Silk Screening Consistency, & for Brushing may be thinned with Turpentine or Mineral Spirits. 15 minutes dry time.


DK/B $ 52.00
Gilders Gold Leaf Back Up Paint - Black
Back-up Paint <
DK/Y $ 52.00
Gilders Gold Leaf Backup Paint - Yellow/Ochre
Back-up Paint

Product Description

Acrylic Top Coat Sealer - Solvent based - A water-clear non-yellowing topcoat specifically formulated to prevent the lifting of leaf when top coated, a common problem with many varnishes on the market. When properly applied, this product will prevent tarnishing/oxidation of imitation gold, Silver leaf and metallic finishes. This TopCoat has excellent water, ultra-violet and chemical resistance. It can also be used as a wood finish/sealer and concrete sealer. It is available in a gloss or satin finish.

GROUND SHIPMENT ONLY This product is available to ship immediately. All our oil sealers are shipped fully insured via UPS.

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