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Steelhead Paints

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Multispeciestamer, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Working on my very first mount ever, learning as I go. It was a Lake Michigan caught fish so I had some scale loss, but hopefully I should be able to paint them right in/tip them in. I did a custom cast head of the actual fish and used mass produced fins that I remodeled down to size of actual fishes measured fins. So onto the point of this post I am completely unfamiliar with the paints to use. I know of Lacquer and water base, but also seen bits of other methods mixed in. The fish was a bright pure silver, not a trace of reds so I plan to scale tip by hand. Just looking for info on paint medias and maybe a color list of paints to get. I plan to white it out also but maybe tape the fins (or just certain fins) off so they can keep some transparency. Ill add a photo of a living fish to give a better representation of the looks I am trying to achieve. [​IMG]
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  2. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

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    It takes a lot of playing around and different layers to make a chrome like that. Try powders and acrylics
     
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  3. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    I ordered last night a bunch of water based air brush paints to get my bases and two colors of pearl/silver scale tipping colors to get me started. I did watch part of a Rick Crane video of him using some raw powder pigments.
     
  4. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I use Lifetone's lacquer Chrome Pearlescent on the head to make them the way I want the to look on the Chromish fish. Like to use a torn piece of cardboard to get that jagged edge just above the eyes. I add black over the Chrome Pearlescent after my final clear coating has set up on a hybrid striped bass, and then take off the excess with fine steel wool. Then clear coat again. Amazing what that detail does to the Chrome Pearlescent.
     
  5. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    I believe I got that color in a water base. I ordered I think 12 different colors mostly pearls, iridescents and silvers, opaque white, scale detail black for spotting, and dark green blue for the main top level color. Hard to judge them by the photos so will have to test and see what they look like when they come in. May have to come up with a more grey blue idk.
     
  6. Sotired

    Sotired Active Member

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    Try a layer of Paynes grey
     
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  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Unless things have changed I don't believe the chrome pearlescent is available in water base. Anything else looks gray to me.
     
  8. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Guess will see what comes in haha. Can water based paints be used with lacquer?
     
  9. For silver like that I find it hard to beat the Neuberg Ebel Fine Aluminum or Multi leaf Aluminum powders, I over did my 1st one but that stuff is awesome.
     
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  10. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Could I use a white spray paint to white it out?
     
  11. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I use lacquer white spray paint from Ace to white out the fish I will paint like a reproduction. Doesn't seem to matter if it's an appliance white or glossy white.
     
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  12. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Can I use my water based paints over top of the lacquer?
     
  13. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Absolutely!
     
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  14. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

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    You can use WB and Laquers throughout the entire process if you do it right
     
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  15. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Got my lacquer white, started coating after a anti fungal spray down. What kinda gloss/sealer do you guys use in between coats of paint?
     
  16. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Spoke to soon found a clear lacquer spray in the same kinda white I picked up. Are enamels a bad mix?
     
  17. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Yup - an aluminum of some sorts to achieve that brightness, bronzing powders work well too. I prefer to mix my own metallics/powders usually vs. paying for 90% plus water. With powders I also have the ability to apply them whichever way I choose...
     
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  18. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I would stay away from enamels if using lacquer or water base.
     
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  19. Multispeciestamer

    Multispeciestamer Active Member

    Well here is a mid progress photo, adding tipping across the back now and starting to un tape the fins to work on them. Whited the fish out, used a bright silver airbrushed under the scales section to give it that gray metallic base and went with the Paynes gray for the back. Then painted in the scales with white acrylic then tipped over with silver pearl.
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  20. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Looking great!
     
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