I later tried to brush off the excess, but no chance, it had stuck to the tank!!! Balls!!!
Sat down with a couple of ales in a bad mood, thinking of how to salvage the situation. The only thing that came to mind was to try and pressure wash the leaf off, so I didn’t have to sand back yet again!
Now some of you may have seen that some mistakes work well as I posted before, the gold actually blasted off unevenly, and actually looks old and patinated.