Using the search engine on the above subject, I found two threads, but I could use a little more specific information.
We've got a Trumpy hauled out on the rail here for about a week. The owner wants me to touch up some bad spots in his varnish and then put refresher coats on the whole transom which has a large amount of gold leaf lettering. I asked the sign painter who came out and did Sarah's transom and he said no problem and that it was actually a good idea to varnish over the gold leaf. The two threads I found make it clear it can be done.
1. The sign painter said to lightly scuff up the gold leaf with a scotch brite pad. Is that really the best thing to do?
2. There are two areas in the lettering that adjoin completely bare spots. Normally, I'd protect the lettering with tape while I sanded the adjoining bare spot. Will tape (good 3M stuff) lift or damage the gold leaf?
3. The lettering appears to be at least a couple of years old and has some discolered spots - some of which may wash off or clean up, but there's one datk greyish black area that almost looks like it's "turned" - not maybe the right word, but like cheap jewlery "turns" is what I'm trying to describe. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.