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shine off of antlers?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by jk, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. jk

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    This year I had a customer bring me a buck that had really light colored antlers. They looked almost sun bleached like sheds but they were off of a live buck. He wanted them darkened a little to look more natural. I used antler stain and then rubbed off the high spots with steel wool. I like the look but they have a shine to them even after I steel wooled them. I then gave them a light coat of matte finish. They still are a lot more shinny than I like. Any ideas on how to dull this look so they look more natural?
     
  2. jim tucker

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    Was your finish water based or solvent based.
     

  3. jk

    jk Active Member

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    solvent based
     
  4. jim tucker

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    If it was water based misting it with lacquer thinner would dull it. You might try it anyway. Go slow.
     
  5. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    i had the same problem once.i bought some stuff called paint deglosser by zinsser. brush it on lightly. takes the shine off. but dont rub hard for it will start to take the paint off.
     
  6. 3bears

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    Here's a novel idea, how about dirt. Grab a hand full and rub it on the antlers. Think about what was on them prior to you even having them, dried blood, dirt and sap.
     
  7. dcooper

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    3bears, you beat me to it. I keep an old planter of my wife's in the shop that's full of dirt. If I fix a tine or beam that I think has a little too much shine, I rub some dirt on it to dull it. Actually I use the dirt for many different things - apoxie seam work, etc.
     
  8. jim tucker

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    That will work. Don't know why I didn't think of it either, do it all the time when aging furniture and metals.
     
  9. jk

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    Good old fashioned dirt with some water (mud) rubbed on and let dry. Then steel brushed off did the trick, now they look natural. Sometimes the best solution is the cheapest and easiest. Thanks
     
  10. dcooper

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    Glad it worked out for you.
     
  11. I have found with staining antlers to just mist some matte finish spray on them when im done to take away the shine. Also will help to seal in the dirt and paint or whatever you use.