After Painting a largemouth bass and being dissatisfied. I stripped the paint off to repaint later. However the fins have started curling. Orignially they were backed with tape and cream. What do I do to save them? Do I try to re-back them and card them again? or should I purchase replacements and blend them in? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks
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You need to hydrate the fins a bit again to get the backing and glue off. After you got them clean card them and let them dry and reback them.
...you might wish to spray your fins with a laquer based sealer (gloss coat) and let dry PRIOR to using the water-based fin creams. I back my fins with .020 mil plastic so I don't need to worry about this (except for pedestal mounts which get the silkspan/Tuffin) When I use the Tuffin to back my fins, if I coat them with a laquer based sealer first the fins will not rehydrate and curl...