. Ref my prev post regarding headstone. As you seem to know about
this,could you please answer the following,or anyone else who may
know. The headstone was re guilded and was fine,however ive now
noticed more yellow appearing even though the writing is dry. To
save complaining again is it possible to guild these spots myself,as
all the stone mason used was yellow Humbrol model paint and then layed
the gold leaf on top. Also if it is possible where do you get the gold
leaf from.Also if succesfull would it be possible in say 10 years time
to remove the guilding and reguild it myself or is this best left to
the profesionals. Oh my prev post was in mid June. Thanks Dave
Prev post and answer if thats any help
Sorry for posting off topic but as ive always got the right answers
A former memorial mason writes:
The gilding process involves the use of a special paint called size,
yellow, which dries slowly to form a tacky surface to which the gold
then applied. Once gilded the face of the stone is scraped clean using
sharp 4" wide scraper. The residual smears of size then dry quickly
removed using a very mild abrasive block - I used to use cuttle fish
this. The size sealed under the gold leaf in the letters will remain
for some time, especially in cooler weather and it is not unusual for
still be soft when the stone is fixed in place.
You should not see patches of yellow in the letters, if you can see
yellow size the letters have not been properly gilded.
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