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Making buffalo horns 'shiny'

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Scullybcdali, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Scullybcdali

    Scullybcdali New Member

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    I have a set of buffalo horns im attempting to mount on a plaque so they can go on my wall. Not huge (maybe 50-60cm each around the outside of the curve) but me and a good mate found it while mustering cattle on a station in northern australia, and ive since quit because my boss was an Bast.... Um.... Not very nice man, and I will probably never see my mate again, so the horns have sentimental value...

    Anyway ive heard that sanding and buffing will make it shiney but i dont have a buffer so is it possible to sand it smooth then coat it in a sort of clear lacquer or varnish, kinda like you would with wood? I just wet one and it looks so much better so id like them to look constantly black and shiny, like they do wet...

    Thanks for any help!!
    Mel
     
  2. Jason R

    Jason R Ph# 325-282-2527

    Sanding works great, start with a course grit, and then go finer the finer the grit the smoother they are, and then seal with what ever you want.
     

  3. Ntflyfisher

    Ntflyfisher New Member

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    I'm based in gove nt and have a friend that polished a 110 inch set of horns by hand to a perfect mirror finish. I mean perfect! I've tried it myself with similar results, working from 600 grit up to as fine as I can get in wet and dry sandpaper. Just keep in mind that to get a very polished surface you have to take a lot off the horn, you literally have to get every imperfection out if you want a mirror finish. I haven't got perfection, but I've gotten closed by buffing with a cloth after sanding as fine as I can go. Chuck up some photos so I can see how you're going with it!