Matt gold preparations, commonly referred to as matt golds, are metallo-organic materials based on precious metals that are dissolved in resin and oil systems. Within the preparations, additional metalloid solutions work as adhesion promoters and ensure that the matt golds provide good mechanical and chemical adhesion after firing. During firing, all organic components burn off. What remains on the decorated item is a metal alloy layer with a silk matt golden look. Matt golds contain matting agents that turn their fired appearance into a typical silk matt golden look, similar to fired burnished gold decorations, but without needing to be burnished.
The layer thicknesses of silk matt golden decors are similar to the layer thicknesses of bright golds. Fired matt gold decorations show strong mechanical and chemical resistances as well as dishwashing durability. However, the exact resistance depends on the firing conditions.