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Dryer Sheets for Fin Backing?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, May 31, 2018.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    I have wondered if used dryer sheets would make a suitable fin backer. I currently use DermaGrip Fish and Fin Glue and Silkspan. Like I said I just got back into fish mounting after my shop burned a few years ago. I agree that the Silkspan we get nowadays feels different and I definitely have issues with my fins getting wavy. No problem years ago.
    I am definitely open to suggestions on a new fin backing system including trying different glues also.
  2. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Your fins are wavy because you aren't sealing them with lacquer before applying your flexitive. I'e used used dryer sheets in a pinch but they're not the best. Lens cloth, silkspan, Vail cloth all work well. Tacky glue and water work, as well as modge podge, tuf-fin, and clear caulk.
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  3. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    I use poster board, the stuff that is cream color, shiny one side, flat on the other along with contact cement. Then build up with a good fin cream. I know, you can't see through it and you will never win a competition using it, but you will not get the curling that you get over time using the other methods and the fins can be painted to look transparent. I think this method is ok for commercial mounts.
  4. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    I sealed the last couple fish with lacquer fungicidal sealer before doing fins. Flash coat then 2 more coats. Still didn't get good results. I did go buy a can of clear lacquer gloss. Would this be better to use instead of the fungicidal sealer?
  5. dale65

    dale65 Active Member

    For commercial work I use fiberglass cloth and resin you can still see though them and it's not going to curl works good on one that going on the wall cause more than likely it's going to get the fins hit on something sometime or another
  6. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I really hate wasting my time with any of that stuff so I use reproduction fins on 98% of my work but every now and then a client wants a real fins and I don't do nothing but use modge podge on them , no backing really needed
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  7. den007

    den007 Active Member

    Tuff fin wil not curl the fins, and drier paper works fin. Works great on splits. Quick set, one minute epoxy on both sides of the fin usually prevents curling as well.
  8. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Tuff-fin will absolutely curl fins if they aren't sealed. It will rehydrate them and you'll have issues.
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  9. slater56

    slater56 Member

    I’m with Frank on this, much better results casting your own!
  10. den007

    den007 Active Member

    taxidermy net.........confusing beginners for years. I have had conversations with a man who would know.....Gene Hallet. While there are some water molecules in Tuff Fin, only a fraction of what is in Mod Podge, Elmers, library paste. If spread on a fin accroding to directions, thin and both sides at once........here is the result. No Curling! So Slabbandit, believe who you want. The water molecules leave Tuff fin bery quickly and there is little time for rehydration.........assuming the fins are dry. Cole just still loves to bust my chops. I say Marco, he will say Polo. Talk to Gene Hallet at GNS Legacy.

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  11. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Definitely got to try something else besides Derma Grip Fin and Fish glue. Had real good results years ago but fins are getting wavy as heck even when sealed with lacquer first.
  12. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I back with surgical tape and then go over it with McKenzie Fin Flex which is a latex product.