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Help?! Buffalo Head Whitening/bleaching..

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Rca1pollock, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Rca1pollock

    Rca1pollock New Member

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    Help please. I have a friend who just was given a buffalo/bison head mount and wants to make it WHITE or close to it. We are not schooled in taxidermy and respect those of you who are...just looking for some ideas of what we could try... And what ...NOT...to do! ...thanks!
     
  2. jigginjim

    jigginjim Active Member

    Fine a hair stylist supply store get a quart of 40% peroxide bleach along with the whitening powder. Be sure to use rubber gloves, mix solution and brush on skull. Ding it in a large aluminum pan will help rebrush solution over skull, heating the solution also helps, as well as wrap in plastics wrap. place in front for electric heater. Heat is what makes it work. I have use a large pan to heat solution over electric heater, helps bleach out teeth better also./
     

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Jim, it's a head mount not a skull mount.

    Rca1pollock, please note that jigginjim's advice is for a skull mount, not a head mount.
     
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  4. Rca1pollock

    Rca1pollock New Member

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  5. Rca1pollock

    Rca1pollock New Member

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    Thank you so much for both the attempted suggestion and warning. Almost went ahead and suggested to him doing that on the bison mount. Anyone else have a process to bleach the fur on a buffalo mount? Thanks!
     
  6. WLELTD

    WLELTD Active Member

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    the same way that was suggested for the skull , but after you bleach it ,you need to use a good conditioner ,may have to do it a couple of times, then you will have to repaint nose and eyes do it somewhere that you have a water supply and room for the mess .
     
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Get a gal of 20% volume peroxide and a big tub of basic white powder (BW-2) from a beauty supply store . Put some peroxide in a spray bottle and mist it on hide and brush in , make a paste with powder and peroxide , now using a rubber glove scoop and apply to hide , set in sun to dry , mist with peroxide to slow drying time . Brush dry powder out of hide , note you can reuse it to make a paste again . Repeat this process till you get desired effect . Once satisfied shampoo and condition using as little water as possible then using a pet dryer or air compressor air blow water out till dry
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Heat is the key to activate the paste. In the sun works well if you have sun out. Heat from an artificial source needs to be used when it's raining out.
     
  9. Rca1pollock

    Rca1pollock New Member

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    Thanks for the ideas! The 20% peroxide and whitener wont harm the hide or make the fur fall out will it?
     
  10. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    No it shouldn’t, and is why I said 20 and not 40 % , higher the number the more strength it has and can burn the fur , it’s made to dye people’s hair . Thru all of this the object is to soak the fur not the hide , so when you wash and rinse it immediately blow it out