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Elk antler restore

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Nate G., Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Nate G.

    Nate G. New Member

    Found these sheds, they are pretty weathered. I'm looking for some tips on what the best way to restore them would be.

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  2. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I use wood stains and a flat clear coat to finish. Special Walnut by Minwax is mostly used with some darker stain sometimes at the bases.

  3. 4ester

    4ester New Member

    I've tried to match them too. I started with a light coat of old English and then a tiny amount of dark walnut wiped on to get the color. Start with a tiny tiny amount.
  4. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    If you put stain on weathered cracked old antlers it's going to soak in just like a piece of wood . You will not have any control of the color. You have got to fix and seal the cracks before you try to stain . I use acrylic paints to stain mine there from pinch back Mckenzie sells them .
  5. Nate G.

    Nate G. New Member

    What is the best way to seal them?
  6. dhart

    dhart Active Member

    I use sanding sealer!several coats to fill in cracks!
    Then the painting process begins!
  7. IMNTM

    IMNTM Southern Wildlife Art Taxidermy

    I have thinned fixit sculpt to the point of being able to paint it on to seal the antler. I use approx solvent to thin with & simply brush & or smooth on with fingers. I also use it to fill any cracks or for any other necessary repairs. This has worked nicely for me.
  8. dhart

    dhart Active Member

    I think this would work to, but, fixit is pricy compared to sanding sealer!