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Bear skin dye?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Dominic, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Have any of you heard of or use dye on your bear skin so that it doesn't show through the fur when it dries?
    What products do you use?
  2. Gurneyjockey

    Gurneyjockey Member


  3. DDavis

    DDavis Active Member

    I use lifetone dye on the flanks were hair is thin , spray with airbrush
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I prefere the liquid flank and hide dye to the spray can stuff. Both will work fine. I just like to use my airbrush.
  5. R.J. Meyer II

    R.J. Meyer II Member

    OK here's my take on dying Black Bears. I have never found a dye I like. I have had many recommendations over the years and am still unhappy. I use Wildlife Gallery tans for everything.

    Detail Black paint..I find it flakes off

    Lincoln shoe dye...too shiney

    Flank dye from Rinehart....Crap

    Hionis spray dye....I like that it brushes out of the hair but find on rugs it will crack where folded for transporting. Great for lifesize

    McKenzie Dyes and lifetone....rub off

    Tandy leather Fiebings Oil Dye which I currently use....great coverage and almost soaks through....will not dry on the hair and it takes a lot of work to rub with paper towels to remove from hair

    I have been told from some that they dye the back of the rug and it comes through the hair side.....never seen this done.

    I have posted a few times over the years for someone to please share what works for them. I wish I could figure out what Northern Pines or Rug be Bears use...I've even considered digging through their dumpsters as they are close by. If someone is willing to share this secret via PM I would hold it close and not share it. In forty years of doing professional taxidermy i have been able to figure out or have someone tell me how to solve any problem I have faced.....................Bear dye that works continues to elude me
    George likes this.
  6. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    SEM leather dye. That has been suggested here before. I've never tried it though.
  7. Old Fart

    Old Fart Active Member

    Most dyes leave a residue on the hair or skin that are a pain to clean off. I use Lifetone skin dye on the back side, it's the ONLY dye that I've found that will penetrate through the skin and not leave a residue.If you use it on the hair side there can be some residue, but not nearly as much as other dyes.
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Automotive Black vinyl spray paint has work for me for years , get at any auto parts store
    George likes this.
  9. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    My solution is to use the spray dye from Research for all life size and I send all my rugs to Rug-B-Bears. Easy peasy!
    George likes this.
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I'm a bit like R.J. Meyer (God forgive me). I stopped wasting money on dyes years ago. I used Polytranspar lacquer paint in various colors from Yox gray to burnt umber and detail black. The lacquer doesn't stick to the hair and never dries gummy. It soaks into the leather and when applied with the airbrush doesn't deal with brushes, tipped over containers or blotching.
    Frank E. Kotula likes this.
  11. WLELTD

    WLELTD Active Member

    get some so strong dye from smoothon products and mix it with lacquer thinner