How long should I let an oversized redfish dry after mounting it before I go to paint it?
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It would depend on the mounting procedure.
If you used the real head, I would let it dry at least a month, maybe more.
This allows for the shrinkage to be all finished before you rebuild, do it too soon and you will have to do it a over!
If you cast the head and mounted the skin only, then you should be able to do the finishing in a couple weeks.
All this depends on good degreasing procedure, temperature, and humidity.
i only uses real heads i like to put a fan on them the first day to speed them up and never use the real gills on big ones any ? firstname.lastname@example.org joe the red fish specialist