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Old Sun November 27th,2005, 08:27 AM   #1
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Hi All,
Doing some home taxidermy here and want to know what to coat antlers with to preserve their natural color as much as possible, have considered varathane spray on stuff. Am doing my 4 point mulie from this year, moose from this year and bison from last dec that I recently pulled from freezer, hide is tanned and ready to tack back on. We also tanned a bear hide I had in the freezer, seems to have worked great. Really want to preserve the natural color of all the racks
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Old Sun November 27th,2005, 02:22 PM   #2
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I don't know anything but I bet Bill will when he gets here.
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Old Sun November 27th,2005, 03:52 PM   #3
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If they are light and you want to darken them, I think you can use shoe polish or wood stain.*!@! Furniture polish will keep them looking good if the color is right.

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P.S. Bill Yox will be able to answer this better probably. Test in a small area like the back bottom side where they can't be seen.
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On natural colored antler that will be kept inside I use Scott's Liquid Gold. One can of the pourable is about $5 and will last forever. It can be found online or most stores that carry houshold cleaning supplies. Just pour it on a soft cloth and dab it all over the antlers. Let it soak in and dab on more. After about an hour you can wipe any excess off. Every time I clean my customers mounts I recoat the antlers.

If the antlers are repaired (stained/painted) then I coat them with Duncan SS339 Super Matte ceramic sealer, found at most art supply stores.

For antlers kept outside I use marine varnish. Use 2-3 coats, letting the varnish dry between each coat. I just saw a rack that I did for a customer about 4 years ago and it still looked good. He used it for the top of a totem pole so it's been outside all that time.
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Thanks for the tips, no staining required, just want to keep the natural color. I will track down some of the Scotts Liquid Gold and use that method. ;D
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Old Wed December 28th,2005, 10:54 PM   #6
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Hello all...sorry I havent answered sooner, but I was experiencing technical difficulties! But Im back.

I personally dont reccomend any application to hold antler color, other than a bit of satin finish from my airbrush to the bases to hold the natural bark thats in there. I find that most finishes will yellow or make the antlers look...coated! Thats just my opinion.
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Old Thu December 29th,2005, 12:52 PM   #7
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Hi Bill,

Welcome back. Been there done that w/ the technical difficulties. All 3 of my computers got a virus this summer and we were down and out for a couple of months, and then it took forever to get caught up.

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Any word on how the Scott's Gold Finish or satin finish worked out? I made some bottle openers with and old rack and am wondering what I should be using to hold the holder and reduce wear from the use of the opener.

Also, would satin finish with a foam brush be alright?
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Jness sorry tcoop hasn't been on in a long time.his post was made back in Dec 2005....
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I use Scott's Gold Finish to keep my rack looking good just wipe it on with a rag then remove the excess.

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