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Please need help ASAP with antlers!!!

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Jena, May 11, 2012.

  1. Jena

    Jena Member

    Hey Guys, don't know if its possible but I need help to lighten antlers that I already stained.....A friend brought me a deer they found while shed hunting this year, it had been dead for quiet some time.....all rotten and TOTALLY white Antlers, they were all bleached out and were stained from laying in the dirt....SO, stupid me thought that since they were bleached out, I should try to bring them back to a darker color. Apparently that wasn't the right thing to do, ( I should have checked with them first ) my customer wants them back close to white, they said that the darker antlers make his rack look smaller. I feel really bad for not checking with them first on it, and I hope I can fix it....PLEASE, PLEASE, help me out guys and girls... Heres a pic.

  2. Would it work if you rubbed them with thinner ?

  3. Jena

    Jena Member

    IDK, I tried to rub them down a bit with thinner when I still had the mount here...it didn't seem to do much, the antlers absorbed the stain more cus they had been sun damaged/dried.....Do think I should just keep rubbing them down? The customer is join to be bringing back for me to fix.
  4. Hate to answer a question with a question but ,,,, why would they want dead looking white antlers on a shoulder mount?

    I could see doing it as a euro ,,,,, to each his own I guess
  5. If they were super dry and white you probably won't get it back,I thought I saw where somebody painted them on a post, try typing it in and see on the search,you never know.Good luck.
  6. AaronWolf

    AaronWolf Member

    i think you did a good job with the staining. if it was my mount coming back i would be very pleased. however that isnt the current situation unfortunately. if more rubbing with thinner doesnt work, a long shot you could use some latex paint in a color that is close to the original base white, and put it on in thin layers, building it up to the white bleached look. kinda like you did with the stain but in reverse color effect. use a brush or rag and stiple the paint on and whipe some off. its water based so if you dont like the look or its to light it will simply wash off with warm water. good luck.
  7. huntnut78

    huntnut78 Member

    Re: Re: Please need help ASAP with antlers!!!

    For the record I think it looks pretty dang good as is. I have no idea why anyone would want bleached antlers on a shoulder mount.
  8. You must have some old antlers around that you can stain with the same stain and then go to town experimenting with them instead of screwing up the mount. Maybe turn it upside down protect the hair well and try basic white and volume 40....just guessing here but it might work or it might turn them orange :-\
  9. Jena

    Jena Member

    Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the tips! That is why I darkened them, because they were dead looking lol....All I used was one good coating of saddle polish stain....
    I told my customer that I had to do some research first, to find the best way to do this....Should I just tell her I can try painting them White?
    ( I know she is going to want to know how I plan on fixing it lol )
  10. kikkertinz

    kikkertinz Glass half full

    Try some steel wool on them and see if that gets some of the heavier stuff of. As far as super white antlers , i've seen LIVE bucks with almost bleach white antlers before and have found sheds with blood still on the pedicles, and they were also about as white as they could be. There is no certain way antlers should look.
  11. jorgy

    jorgy Member

    Try some stripper on the back of a beam and see if it will pull it out.

    BTW...what is saddle polish stain. Looks like it worked good
  12. Jena

    Jena Member

    Bullwhacker, I think its called Fiebings saddle stain....its for riding saddles, I got it from my aunt when she gave me her taxidermy supplies.
    Heres a pic of what I used ( google pic )
  13. WildNatureLuver

    WildNatureLuver New Member

    If you did some research you would have found that on old bleached out antlers like those you must seal them first before staining , they are very pores and most likely will not lighten , only option is to seal , white them out & light washes to tone down to your liking.
  14. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Tell the customer, that if they wanted a bigger rack, they should have found a bigger one. It did not shrink. I would stand my ground on this one, they should have been more specific up front. They should be happy with it restored the way it is.
  15. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    get a contract ; ask them questions write it down , ears back , right turn , ect. it will be on record and no dispute :D
  16. buckwild

    buckwild New Member

    go down to a beauty shop/ hair styling supply store and get powdered bleach and volume 40 peroxide. mix them into a paste and brush on liberally. let set over night then when it dries it will brush off. repeat until satisfied. it works sweet.
  17. I agree.
  18. If you have not said they were stained i would not have noticed. i think they look great. some people are just hard to please. i have lightened the tips on some that i have done simply by rubbing sand on the tips but that was before they were mounted.
  19. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Hang it upside down and paint a coat of basic white from the beauty supply on it. Wipe down and repeat until desired results. Tell the customer that they are clueless, after they are pleased.
  20. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    Wild Nature Lover mentioned exactly what you need to do. Chances are if they were pourous, you are not going to rub the color off or even remove it now. Best to seal them up and start with some light washes of off white acrylics.