I was told lenoleum glue,silicon works well for a hide paste. I find that hard to believe but who knows? My question is, I have used van-Dykes hide paste and others, and have been successful, but it seems to me, ordering from major supply houses is a pain at times. It would be nice, to be able to go to a lowe's,southerlands, wal-mart etc to buy certain things. After all most things manufactured are made by one company but carry private labels. Anyone know of any good substitutes for Epo-Grip.
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These glues were designed specifically for taxidermy applications. I know, I was the one field testing them. If you're looking for the Fast Set Alternative, try $10 for a 2 ounce package. Do you go to Lowe's for mannikins? How about for glass eyes? Earliners? Jawsets? Hmmm, seems like it wouldn't be too big a "pain" to order the hide paste at the same time you order those other things. It IS part of the mount, isn't it?
We at Epo-Grip formulate and make our own products. No label paste overs, you won't find it in hardware stores or Walmarts! We have a list of great taxidermy distributors that carry our products. Call me at 800-888-2467 if you need assistance or distributor information.
There is nothing like the Epo-Grip line of products available. You can use some latex carpet adhesives for hide paste, and they will work, but they have a tendency to mold or mildew over time. Most taxidermy hide pastes have additives to prevent mold growth.
Lonestar Taxidermy Supply sells a hide paste that is very similar to the old Buckeye Supreme. I use it for faces a lot. I like the Epo-Grip epoxy because it is also a great surface material for foam bases. I make smal bases over cut insulation foam shapes by pigmenting the Epo-Grip material with powdered tempera paints and troweling it over the foam which is placed on a sheet of 1/4 plate glass coated with silicone release agent. When the foam is covered with the epoxy, surface materials such as sand, aggregate and the like is dumped on, pressed a bit and allowed to set up. After curing, the edges are milled down with a body grinder, holes are grilled and plants and other materials added using the quick set epoxy glues, which are compatable.
I hate single use products which take up shelf space until needed for a specific job. The Epo-Grip hide paste has dozens of uses in the shop, including rigid mold making. I get mine from WASCO and other suppliers.
Holes are DRILLED, not GRILLED.........chalk it up to age...