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Repairing Badly Split Fins (a how to on my way)

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Cory, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    It's not always feasable to have or to make reproduction fins. And if being honest with the customer on a skin mount, they may be very adamant about using "their" skin and not "fake" parts (yes, it does happen). There are a few ways on the taxidermy.net about how to do this and I thought I would just add my version; feel free to pm me if you have any questions.
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  2. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    Nice, I always use tissue paper and have never tried tape. Tape may add some more strength to fin, I will have to try it.
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  3. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Nice. I use .020 mil clear plastic/contact cement on all wall mounts for fin backing material. But, a strong tape backing will also give you a nice foundation to do repairs. However, the plastic is easier to work with and you can grind in "rays' with a dremmel cutting tool on something like this. I add Smooth Epox inbetween the rays on thicker fins/splits to get things level. Then, dremmel in the rays. I believe the .020 plastic has a cleaner, finished look vs silkspan - especially on the edges, no frayed look and certainly more durable (IMO - See DougP's skin mounts/fins for examples). Once you get good at this method you can reproduce whole fins/tails that fit perfectly relatively easily just from the plastic and Smooth Epox...
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