I am getting ready to mount my first fish. A 19" palamino trout. After skinning do I let it dry for a couple of days and then put the fungicidal sealer on or apply the sealer and then let it dry?
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I am kind of confused on what you are asking. Why would you let the skin dry before it is mounted? I have never used a fungicical sealer I have just tanned it then applied the skin to the form. You let the skin dry when it is on the form not before.
...easiest fish for a first fish.
Tracing, skin out, degrease, tan, mount, dry, epoxy work, seal, paint, gloss.
And I would recommend an artificial head. BUT, you could probably get by with the real head on a trout that small. BUT, you will have a ton of shrinkage and rebuilding to do. My advice to you would be to freeze this fish and start a Yellow Perch or Smallie for your first fish. (And do the trout at a later date). These are the two most forgiving species imho...
Buy a ready to paint repro and you will be way ahead!
I agree wiht Marty try smething alittle easier and with a commercial form the first time. As you progress you can get into carving and such. I would add a nice walleye to Marty's list as a good beginner fish.