Submitted by Dan on 02/02/2003. ( )

A customer just brought a smalley in to have mounted. He kept it in a pail unfroze through the night and the bass colors are black in areas and copper in others with large spots of black. Is their any way to lighten up the black area before or after I skin it. Thanks

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bleach it!

This response submitted by migda's taxidermy on 02/02/2003. ( )

I personnaly prefer to bleach fish skins that are dark or ones i suspect will dry dark. I usually do this after preserving just prior to mounting. I make a solution of about 50/50 bleach to water and brush on skin {scale side} let set a few minutes, then rise real good with clean water. Make sure to rinse thoughrouly! I've also done this to dried fish mounts that have dried dark, pretty much same procedure. I sponge solution on, let set a few minutes, carefully sponge bleach off with clean water. Sometimes i have to recard fins, but its worth the extra effort as too dark fish are a pain to paint. Good luck! hope this may help. Jeff Migda

Cover it in borax.

This response submitted by JimTucker on 02/03/2003. ( )

Many times if you cover the whole fish with a coat of borax for about 30 minutes before skinning the colors will come back. Let it sit show side up until skinning.

A lesson from the archives...

This response submitted by Hacksidermist on 02/03/2003. ( )

As George would say... look in the archives... I read somewhere in the archives that you could use a coat of white pearl over the fish, and then paint. I did this on a smallie that was almost black, and it turned out Awesome.

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