A reliable way of achieving a high quality gilded finish using transfer leaf without the need to burnish. Six easy steps to achive mirror like finish: If gilding onto a porous surface seal the surface with the easy gild base. 1. Apply Easy Gild Bole if you would like to (2 coats) 2. Apply Easy Gild Base (2 coats with a 30 minutes gap between coats) 3. Once the second coat of base is dry apply activator and allow to dry. 4. Place the transfer leaf face down and rub the back using cotton wool. 5. Use cotton wool to rub over surface for a mirror like finish. 6. Distress leaf if you want to.