How To Apply APS Foils

To Hard Surfaces


The APS Metallic Foils provide an easy way to add extra sparkle, shine or glow to anything!

Metallic Foils are made from a thin layer of non-reactive metallic sheets that are fused to a clear cellophane. These beautiful foils can be transferred to the surface of your choice with the help of our APS Foil Adhesive. These foils allow you to control the amount of foil that is transferred, whether you want a full transfer or just a little.

Many of the foils we are Textile Friendly, meaning they work well with fabric. Each foil description with specify.

Our APS Metallic Foils come in a wide variety of designs, colours, metallics and holographs and you can use them on wood, paint, furniture, walls, crafts etc, some foils can also be used on fabric with a fabric glue.  

APPLICATION: Always pre-test for best results.

Step 1 – To enhance the colour of the foil it is recommended to apply a base coat of paint to your project that is complimentary to the foil colour, but not essential. 

Step 2 – Apply one coat of the APS Foil Adhesive (or alternative Size Adhesive) to your surface by brush, sponge or roller. The adhesive does not self-level, so apply in one direction and try to smooth out your brush strokes.  Allow the Foil Adhesive to dry for 2 to 3 hours (depending on humidity) to achieve a firm tack.  The adhesive is white when applied but will turn clear as it tacks up.  (DO NOT RUSH THIS STEP)

Top Tip:  If you are getting brush strokes you can dilute the adhesive with a small amount of water.  (Brush marks will show through your foil).  The adhesive is white when applied but will turn clear as it tacks up.

Another Top Tip:  Other brands like Polyvine may need two coats of adhesive. If you are using a different brand please test a bit first before applying to your project.

Step 3 – Transfer your foil (colour side up) or leafing to the tacky surface.  Rub the foil with a soft rag and/or a plastic bristle scrub brush, toothbrush.  Slowly peel back foil sheet away to see if you have enough transfer, if not, place foil back down and rub more.

Top Tip: Some foils are easy release and some are not, if you are having problems getting the foil to release then heat with a hair dryer as this will help.

Step 4 - Foils need to be protected, make sure to apply at least one coat of your favourite top coat/varnish and make a sample first to see how the top coat effects the foils sheen. (It is not advisable to use a flat top coat, satin or gloss are best).

CLEAN UP:  Clean tools, brushes and equipment with warm soapy water immediately.  Promptly, wipe up spills and splatters with a damp cloth.