what does anyone consider the best method to do whitetail ears I have been using the bondo method but would like to try something different I have seen some ears done with plastic liners but they all seem to drum after drying.
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I would use nothing else on deer ears. I use adhesive caulk to hold them in place. After the tanning is done I remove the cartelage and clean the skin real well with accitone. I then ruff the heck out of both sides of the ear liners with a stout ruffer, where I can reach. In the inner ear section I use a small ruffer file. Make sure you ruff the entire ear liner. I use the cartelage of the ear for referance to cut the liner to shape size I need. I have had very few times that I have had a ear drum doing this method. And when I did it was my fault. It was either to tight a fit or I didn't get enough of the oil off the ear skin when cleaning. Hope this helps
done plenty with bondo and if you prepare the ear right it will
in most cases be ok but a few if tou do enough will drum somewhere down the road
ear liners are fine but you must get good at putting correct size on
i started using ear magic this year and let me say this
there is a learning curve with anything
but after doing a few i could not believe how thin i could get
it threw me a little at first because the ear will be flexable
for a couple of days so you need to card it
but wow on those damaged ears i found i didnt need to sew
i hat to sew if i can do without doing it
and i also found i had no hair slippage like i sometime get
because of the excess heat with bondo
ear magic has heat but it stops after a reaction very quick
keep reference ear liners handy to match what you want your ear to
i will never go back to bondo or liners
I make my ears as durable as possible. I've seen too many broken ears with Bondo. I use heavy plastic ear liners (McKinzie Natural Liners) and leave the cartilage in. I use a wire brush to rough up the cartilage side to the point where it is real tattered and ragged looking. Then I clean it thouroughly with thinner by spraying it on and rubbing it off vigerously with a towel. My liners are fit very precisly right out to th edges. I then use a quick set epoxy and butter it on the inside of the ear with a toung depresser, turn it rightside out and then insert the liner and press into place. Never had one break or drum yet. The ear may be a little think, but these are commercial mounts and I'd rather have a durable mount with thick ears rather than one that bends and breaks. I've never had a complaint about one of my ears from a customer yet.
I remove the cartilage which only takes a few minutes.I have never had an ear drum or move from the position I placed it by using Epo-Grip 2 part epoxy.I have found nothing better.