Gilders Paste

Use Gilders Paste On:
Metal -- Wrought Iron, Brass, Steel, Aluminum, Alloys etc…
Wood -- Moldings, Railings, Furniture, Guilding Restoration, Picture Frames, Miter Joints etc… Great with our Masonite Shrine Kits and Cut-Outs!
Ceramics -- Planters, Terra Cotta etc…
Resin -- Castings, Plastic etc…
Wax -- Candles etc…
Looks great as an accent over painted pieces to add a Patina! The Metallic colors add a lovely shimmer. Check out the Tutorial on our blog.
Apply Gilders Paste:
  • With finger, sponge, toothbrush, paintbrush or cloth in a rubbing motion or use other creative mediums to produce a unique finish.

  • Layered on top of one another or mixed to create different finishes or an endless color palette.

  • Thin out with paint thinner to transform the highly concentrated Gilders Paste for brushing, sponging, staining, washing or spray painting.

  • Drying time varies depending on substrate and surface preparation, approximately 60 minutes to the touch on dry debris free surfaces and 12 hours for complete cure time. If polishing or burnishing is required allow 12 hours drying time.

  • Polishing the metallic Gilders Pastes with a soft cloth will produce a gilded finish substituting gold, silver, bronze leaf; nonmetallic pastes will be shiny. If left unpolished the finish will be semi gloss or mat depending on the color.

    A little Gilders Paste goes a long way:
  • 27 ml container covers over 30 square feet.
Tips For Using Gilders Paste
- Substrate surface should be dry and clean, free of dirt, oil, grease and scale.

- Baroque Art Gilders Paste can be directly applied with your finger, sponge, paint - tooth - stencil brushes, cloth, rubber stamps etc.
All 24 colors can be thinned out to further extend, wash, stain or paint your project.

- Blending Baroque Art Gilders Paste is as easy as mixing two or more colors to match and touch up existing color schemes or to create a custom color.

- Drying time varies depending on materials, thickness of application and substrate, approximately 30 - 60 minutes to the touch on dry, low porosity, debris free surfaces.

- Lightly buffing metallic colors, after 12 hours of drying, will produce a gilded finish.

- Will accept an over coat, such as, clear lacquer, varnish, urethane, powder coating to achieve that uniform appearance where the Gilders Paste was not used or to provide further durability to areas where repeated handling is required, such as a door knob.

- For very smooth surfaces, such as, gloss paint, plastic, ceramics and furniture, it is recommended to lightly abrade the surface with 0000 grade steel wool or fine sand paper or apply a recommended primer.

- Layering substrates with a solid base color and then stenciling, sponging or wiping another color over base coat can produce unique affects and blends.

- Rubbing base coat immediately after application with a dry cloth or slightly wet with thinner will remove Gilders Paste from the relief detail and highlight depressed details. Lightly brushing Gilder's Paste over the top will highlight the relief details.

- Store above 55 F. Apply above 60 F.

- If you left the top off and material becomes dry, add a little paint thinner or mineral spirits, mix, and you are ready to go. This exercise will give a long shelve life.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
More Q & A:
Q: The product is hard, is there anything I can do to rejuvenate the product.

A: Yes, just add a few drops of either; paint thinner, mineral spirits, turpentine or Turpenoid (turpentine substitute) knife in and mix. You're ready to go. The ability to rejuvenate this product allows a long shelve life. There is no need to mix up the whole tin, just mix what you need as you need it. Gilders Paste goes a long way.

Important: Do not use any oil base cleaners/solvents such as Turpenoid Natural. The oil content of these type of cleaners/solvents will not allow the Gilders Paste to dry and will remain wet or tacky for days to weeks. If you have accidentally used this type cleaner/solvent leave the tin open until completely dried out and then follow the suggestion for rejuvenation above.

We are always interested to hear from our customers, good or bad, so we may educate by explaining tips and techniques used. If you do decide to experiment with our Gilders Paste, call us (1-800-825-0029), please take before and after pictures, and we will try to help from our exper

Q: Will the color fade in sunlight?

No fading.

Gilders Paste is formulated with the latest metallic, organic, synthetic and iron oxides with the highest color fastness available. While there are other pigments with color fastness properties, we feel that the chemical compositions of these other pigments are not user friendly to our customers or to the environment such as lead chromates.

We recommend for application where excessive handling or for exterior applications that a solvent-based ultra violet (UV) resistant clear coat be applied such as an acrylic, lacquer or clear powder coating.

Krylon UV resistance spray gloss coating - Krylon UV resistant spray matt coating.

NOTE: If displayed inside, it is not necessary to over coat, unless excessive handling is an issue.
Q: I read where you can use this for wood. Could it be used on Rattan the natural vine that is used to make baskets? Are there problems with handling on object that had your paste applied to it? The dye we can obtain for baskets fades in the sun. Does this fade?

Yes Gilders paste can be used on rattan as well as wood and we recommend a top clear coat over applications that will have continuous handling. Gilders paste does no fade. 

Q: I've seen Gilders Paste used on a gate. Is it really for external use? Is a clear coat applied over the top?

Yes, Yes and Yes.

Gilders Paste is used for exterior applications. We recommend using an ultra violet (UV) stable clear coat recommend buy your local paint store. Clear coats such as lacquer, acrylic and clear powder coating has been used to topcoat over Gilders Paste for added protection or over all appearance for outside projects.

Q: I was wondering if, after curing of the Paste, what would remove it?

Solvents (paint thinner, minerals spirits, turpentine, lacquer thinner), wire brush, paint scrapper, sand blasting.

Note: Gilders Paste can also be removed with a cloth within 15 minutes of application. The longer you wait the harder it will be to remove.

Q: What solvent and dilution ratio do you recommend for 'normal' spraying with a spray bottle?

We would recommend asking your local commercial paint store personnel about what to use for solvent and dilution ratio. There are several different ways and we do not have the answers to all variations as to viscosity needed to operate your spray system, nozzle/orifice size and pressure. However, if you just mix a little paint thinner or mineral spirits with the gilders paste it will dilute the paste into a stain that has been sprayed. One note to think about is that when you spray, some pigments, depending on dilution ratio and the color that you choose, will settle in the holding tank. We recommend agitating the solution regularly to keep particles suspended. Also when you spray the metallic colors the pigments will spray at the path of least resistance (like a disk) to the substrate. After spraying, the substrate may look uneven or even rough, wait about 12 hours and wipe down with a soft cloth. This technique is used when applying to wood furniture and the results are like gold leaf.

Q: Is it possible to achieve a 'runny look' where 'run marks' are apparent?


Here are a few ways to achieve a "runny look". Apply Gilders Paste and spray, pour or splash mineral spirits/paint thinner on top of Gilders Paste. Mix Gilders Paste with solvent and splash, spray or pour on substrate. Mixing with solvent will give you control by adding just enough so the Gilders Paste will drip on or run on.

Q: Would your paste work on metal such as silver and copper?


Q: How do you know the surface is prepared properly?

A: Porous materials such as cement, wood, ceramic, bisque ware, paper, gourds, polymer clay, traditional clay, modeling clay, paper mashie, decoupage, foam and alike all have a mechanical tooth which is a proper surface for Gilders Paste to attach to.

Other material such as wrought iron, metal castings, hand forgings, mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, silver, glass, gloss painted surfaces, plastics, and other type of substrates need the surface to be distressed by either, sand blasting with fine silica sand, 400 grit sand paper, etching solution such as a glass etching solution or Sparex, coarse steel wool, wire brush or painted with a primer coat. You want to treat Gilders Paste as a finish coat.

Also make sure the surface is free of all surface containments such as, water, scale, dirt, grease, oil are removed.
Q: How much will Gilder Paste cover.

Gilders Paste will cover approximately 25 square feet (2.32 meters) per ounce. Coverage can vary depending on the amount of solvent used from application to application, the type of applicator used and by the desired finished or texture being created.

Small tin (1.5 oz 27 ml) will cover approximately 30 square feet (2.78 meters)

Q: What types of clear coats work over Gilders Paste?

Several types of Ultra Violet (UV) resistant clear coatings can be used.

We recommend for readily handled and exterior applications that a solvent-based ultra violet (UV) resistant clear coat be applied such as acrylic, lacquer or clear powder coating.

Krylon spray UV resistance gloss, Krylon spray UV resistant matt coats.
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