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If you want to simulate gold leaf on a budget,the Testor's square bottle gold is the way to go!


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Something else to try that I have used in 1/12 scale figure painting is gold printers ink. It needs to be mixed with a carrier like boiled linseed oil but it makes for a ver convincing gold leaf. I bought an ounce years ago and have barley used 10%. A little goes a long way. It's also available in silver cooper and bronze.

 

Al D.

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To any considering Alcad paints, be sure the surface you apply them to is absolutely blemish-free, as they go on very thin and show every imperfection underneath. I've never tried them on wood, only styrene. Also keep in mind they are nearly impossible to hand-brush since they dry so quickly. They are designed for airbrushing. 

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All of the gilding on my Soleil Royal build is done with Testors Gold enamel.  I am very pleased with the results.  The one thing you have to make sure of is that you stir or remix the paint frequently.  Even after very short periods of time the pigment starts to settle out and the finish starts to go on very dull.

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I just handled the golden metal parts in my Royal Louis, and my hands became sprinkled with something like fairy dust. (Where are you Tinkerbell? :) :))

So what I am planning to do is just dip the whole batch in thinner, strip all the paint in them and paint them again. I will probably use Alclad, as I have a bottle of that stuff laying around for maybe a couple of years.

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