Gold miter colorer?

Cliff Wilson

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Industry Vendor
May 14, 2002
Worcester, MA
colorer? colourer? is that a word?

Anyway, for gold wood mouldings, I have been using either a Pilot Gold Marker or a Chartpak Light Oak marker to color the edge of the miter before joining. Each works for some profiles, but there are an awful lot that they don't really work for. What do you use if at all?

With Silver I have a similar problem. THe Pilot Silver is too shiney and the Chartpak greys aren't right either. Suggestions?

Those little bottles of metallic craft acrylics come in a bunch of tones for about a buck a bottle from companies like DecoArt and FolkArt. Get them at your favorite stores, like Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby. Either get a bunch of cheap, disposable brushes or use Q-tips.

Also, Krylon has a gold marker that is snappier than the Pilot. I think I got them at Office Depot or Office Max.

I use the same types that Ron mentioned. I have 4 different golds by FolkArt and none of them match certain colors of moulding! So my suggestion is buy as many different colors of whatever you need and mix them until you hit on something that resembles the color you need to touch up. They are easy to tone with white, black, grey, and other colors that don't look like they would work but sometimes they do.

Just curious.

How close do you have to get? Are you coloring the raw mitre or painting the whole frame?

If it's a good corner (as I'm sure yours are) you won't see much raw wood in there.
You're right Ron. It doesn't have to be too close. Most of the miters are very tight. Where I see the biggest problem is with the heavy compo frames where the designs just aren't going to match so you clearly see the end of the design part. Seems there's often white or red clay there which makes the typical marker pretty useless.
What about using "Treasure Gold"?

Don't know what it is exactly, it was in an inherited box of useful stuff.

Actually it's a gold leaf touch up. It's in little jars, like the Mad Gab or Carmex lip balms. I like it and it works pretty good for this for me. I either rub it on like the directions say, or prep the surface with alcohol first then rub it on.

I think you can get it from United. (they got everything!)
Is this a powder or a paste? I saw one of those "fix up shows" use a "gold leaf powder" that looked interesting, but I haven't seen it anywhere.

Are you talking about the Libron line that United carries?
Liberon makes gilding creams in a variety of gold and silver tones. Available from UMS. The also have the matching metallic corner fillers, varnishes, and patinating sticks.
The creams can be thinned with distilled turpentine and painted on with a small brush or a cotton swab.
I occasionally use the "Dandy Dauber" in the Golden Oak variety. Got nuttin for silver, though.


Doesn't Treasure Gold inhibit glue bonding?
Sharpie Markers now come in metallic gold, silver, and copper. They are nice. Available at Office Depot, Walgreen's, etc. I also like to use deep yellow brush markers for gold raw miter edges.
I hate the purple cast that you get from a black marker on a black frame. :( I found that a 90% or 80% grey marker is dark enough but does not have the purple dyes.

Also, a 20% warm grey is great on an oak which has an odd color that a tan/yellow marker won't match. It tends to match the color of the grain.

As for gold, try using a yellow/tan that matches the deeper tones of the finish. Then after it is joined, add a dab of gold touchup and use a brush to move it around. You won't need to cover the entire exposed surface with pure metalic gold - that can look too touched up. The brush also pulls some of the rotten stone along with the gold.

Same for silver, just with a grey marker.
for what it is worth, I have found that a q tip with a bit of Goof-Off ( product found in paint stores and hardware stores) will take the purple, shiney hue off the face of black moldings that have had their edges touched up with black markers. It does not seem to affect the finish of the molding.

Sandie in Maine
While Treasure gold, Liquid Leaf, Liberon Creams and other gold touch up products are all great and each has their own qualities, I've pretty much switched to using Acrylic paint in gold, silver, bronze & copper colors. I particularly like the Golden brand. I find it easy to mix the color for that tiny touch up at the corner when needed. Perhaps the best part, if you put the cap back on the tube, of course, they don't dry out and the colors don't separate....which one or the other has been a grumbling point on about every other product, no matter how much I initially liked it.