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Discussion in 'Beginners' started by chuckb7718, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. chuckb7718

    chuckb7718 New Member

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    I picked up a nice skull and antlers that were sun bleached.
    I was trying to stain them back to somewhat normal color using Minwax stain and got the one side I started on entirely too dark.....Way, way too dark.
    Have I ruined this?
    How would I get the antler back to the bleached look to start over?
    I'm no aspiring taxidermist.
    It's just a really nice, unusual rack I wanted to restore.
     
  2. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Active Member

    Before you add color to bleached antlers , You should always seal them first to smooth out the surface. You can try thinner
     

  3. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Paint your antlers with this and then restain them
     

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  4. chuckb7718

    chuckb7718 New Member

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    Thanks for the tip.
    As I said, I stained with Minwax stain.
    I used Espresso color and it was entirely too dark.
    Do you have another particular shade you would suggest and would you use a brush or a rag to apply?
     
  5. Golden oak is a good choice for a lighter look. Multible coats. I like to use Jaco Bean around the bases.
     
  6. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Pinchback Reproductions has some excellent water based stains made specifically for antlers. They are usable with the primer I showed you to use.

    http://www.jamestaxidermysupply.com/James_Taxidermy_Supply_3.pdf

    Look on page 86, bottom center 6- 1 oz color antler stains
     
  7. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I have been trying for the last two hours to get that website to load so I can see those antler stains and it keeps coming up with an error about 2.5MB into it!
     
  8. Web site doesn't load for me either
     
  9. bigarms24

    bigarms24 New Member

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    I got a euro mount in and the guy used walnut stain and then a clear coat.Way to dark and unnaturally shiny.I used a round brass wire wheel that fits in my battery drill and took the shine off and it made it light enough that I wont have to do anything else to it.Could have hit it harder and took it all off
     
  10. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Joey, who makes that spray paint in your photo that you can stain? I bought some Rustolem primer and it doesn't seem like it accepts antler stain or minwax worth a flip!
     
  11. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Sorry guys. I've been AWOL! The primer is Krylon. Here is the stain kit[​IMG]
     

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  12. chuckb7718

    chuckb7718 New Member

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    Thanks for the tips guys.
    Now I have a starting..... well, restarting, point.
    BTW... Joey, I love that gator!