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Kölner Instacoll Information & Instructions


Gold Leaf Acrylic Topcoat


Kölner Instacoll Clear Base is a fast size resulting in a super bright and shiny surface, which has the appearance of being water gilded and burnished. It is sometimes referred to as a 'Liquid Burnisher'. Instacoll is ideal for indoor applications and has been tested to meet all requirements for exterior gilding applications.


Kölner Instacoll consists of two components. The Base component is available in both clear and yellow and the Activator which activates and reactivates the Base component.


If needed, the surface should be lightly sanded, and a good primer base coat applied.  Several coats of a high gloss finish applied on top of the basecoat will make the gilded surface smoother and brighter.  Once dry, the surface should be very lightly sanded to allow the Instacoll Base to adhere.  It is very important to make sure that the surface is extremely clean, and free of dust, dirt, oil and grease.



Instacoll Base can be applied with a brush, roller or can be sprayed. To avoid brush marks, apply the Base generously. After the first coat has dried, apply a second coat and let it dry. Instacoll Base takes about an hour to dry at which time the Activator can be applied, and the item can be gilded. However, better results will be achieved with a wait time of three hours or more, before applying the Activator.

NOTE: This is a Water Based product therefore the brush, roller or spray equipment can be cleaned with soap and warm water.



Instacoll Activator can be applied to the Base after it has dried. You can apply the Activator with a bush or with a lint free cloth. Instacoll Activator should be applied in a very thin coat. Once the Activator has dried, about 15 minutes, gold leaf can be applied for up to one hour, after which it will no longer accept the gold. If you still have more gilding to do, reapply the Activator to the Base, wait about 15 minutes until dry and start gilding again. The Base can be reactivated with the Activator up to 1 year.



Using transfer leaf, place it on the activated Base and gently apply pressure to the gold forcing it into the Base. It is important to gently push the gold leaf into the Base. Then, remove the transfer paper leaving the gold leaf exposed.


The Kolner Tissue is used to push the gold leaf down into the Base when loose leaf is used. Use the Kolner Tissue to gently polish the gold leaf.


The Kolner Tool has a two different ends to assist you in putting gold leaf down into recesses.



It is best to store the Base and Activator in a dry, cool, well-ventilate area, away from UV light and direct sunlight. Keep the containers tightly closed and avoid frost and heat.


The Instacoll Base and Activator are not toxic. However they may cause skin or eye irritation, and should be kept away from food and drink.

A complete safety data sheet from Kölner Products can be viewed here.


The conditions, methods of handling and use of this product are beyond our control and may be beyond our knowledge.  For this reason, we do not assume responsibility and expressly disclaim liability for loss, damage or expenses arising out of or in any way connected to the handling, storage, use or disposal of this product.