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Question About Antiquing 1st Repro

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, May 15, 2018.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Watched a YouTube video and the guy said to "tack" between steel wool and subsequent coats....what does that mean?
  2. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    No idea. Maybe a sealer coat?

  3. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    He was just wiping off the fish. I'm sure he wasn't using thinner as this would also remove paint too.
  4. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    In the world of paint and dust, maybe he meant a "tack cloth?" I know in the cabinet industry, we use tack cloths after the seal sand to help grab and remove all particle dust before the final seal coat goes on. OR, he meant that after the dust is blown off, you need to lay down a light spray of clear to tack the colors down? It's hard to say, but these are my best two guesses.
  5. Gary R

    Gary R Active Member

    I'm guessing he meant using a simple tack cloth. As Cory said, this is VERY VERY common before final finishes are applied, in various industries. I used to paint aircraft for my grandfather, who was a Cessna dealer. Right before color was applied, tack cloths were used extensively to free the surface of any type of ultra-fine 'crud' before squirting the final paint. I think this is a bit extreme after antiquing a fish, but what do I know....I've just always used my air compressor and blasted off any remaining steel wool residue. Haven't ever seen the need for a tack cloth (although they are disposable, and dirt cheap).
  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Yes, probably a tack cloth. Not only overkill, but you'd have to wait awhile before using otherwise you'd pull off some of your paint from antiquing! I simply use my air brush to blow out most of the steel wool "dust". Then, maybe a quick wiping with a soft cloth. Usually I'm too lazy to bother with the latter though - lol!
  7. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    I'm with Cory and the others on the "tack cloth". This is probably what he meant, but since you are antiquing the casting you have painted over the scales and are removing the paint from the surface and scale tops, leaving the color in the recesses. So I don't see the problem of lifting of the paint with the TACK cloth as was mentioned in the responses. I'm with Marty, I just blow off the casting with my compressor air and that gets it all. Good luck.
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  8. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Thanks for the suggestions guys...I will probably just blow the dust and stuff off with air also.
  9. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    JL, good point, but I don't remove all of the paint when I antique a blank. I just remove some of it from the high spots and leave some of it too. Fading lighter towards the belly typically. But, yes, you are correct if somebody is removing all of the paint then it's not going to hurt to use a tack cloth here. I still think it's overkill using a tack cloth between coats. If we were painting a single color throughout where a tiny microscopic "bump" would matter and be easily noticeable, then I might consider using it. With a large "silver" marlin for instance. But, even then I think a good blowing off and then maybe a wipe down with a soft damp cloth before painting would be better. Antiquing needs to be a nice, even coat. One chunk of paint comes off with that tack cloth and now it's not that easy to touch up and hide.
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