I'm with Kenneth on this one, I too have used latex caulk as hide paste and the only drawback I have found is that if you ever need to remove the hide once it dries it's a bear. IT'S STUCK! I use Buckeye as well and it is a great product too. As for George's comment about passing the cost on to his customers...duh. As a business owner that is my job when setting pricing, but if I am able to later find ways to increase my profit margin while not sacrificing quality, I do. I would be doing myself a dis-service to not seek out the most cost effective way to produce a top quality mount in the shortest amount of time. I love the business, but I am in it to make a living.