I'm seeing more and more armours being offered for sale that have been re-painted in gold. For the record there is no such thing as gold lacquer. Kinpaku is either gilded or it is sprinkled, never painted. The japanese never guided with oil as such, they used a urushi which contains oil, simular to 朱合漆 SYUAI-URUSHI. This takes months to dry in the furo. The process breaks down the particles in the leaf and you get a very flat finish. So spotting the difference between oil gilding and urushi gilding is easy.
Gold embellishes and item and makes it more attractive to the buyer, so there is a temptation for some sellers to go crazy with the enamel. I will contuine with this thread as and when new creations appear. I hope that it will educate members to be able to spot the difference between real gold and fake.
I spotted these on a very good armour for sale. As you can see the numpty forgot to paint the thumb on one of the kote and inside the washers. Grey primer too. If this is acrylic then it will peel off after time. A good way to spot overprinting is to inspect the edges. If you look closely at the right kote there is gold paint on the sasaberi.
If you look closely at the gold leaf its not been finished, there are still flakes protruding.
Notice that there is no gold in the space around the horizonal lip in the pate. If there had been a gold emblem there originally then there would be gold in an area that is protected from wear. I'm going to call this as a newly applied emblem
Thank you Dave, these are tips you need to buy online. Even if at this rate of fakes I am less willing to take a risk day after day. I feel safer with dealers that are personally responsible for what they sell.