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Painting/ Coloring Antlers Help

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by blindluck, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. blindluck

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    I am in the process of restoring a big set of chalked mule deer antlers. I chose to use water-based wood filler to smooth on the whole rack to fill in all the cracks which turned out great. Now here is my dilemma. I want to use tube oil paints thinned with lacquer thinner instead of acrylics this time. The problem I see and cannot figure out is that I need to seal the antler because the lacquer thinner will destroy the water based wood filler. I am having troubles finding a product that will seal the antlers and create a barrier between the lacquer thinner and the repaired Wood filled antler. Any insight on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. brianmrusher

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    Would a coat of modge podge drake it? I’m getting ready to try it and see if it works
     

  3. blindluck

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    Modge podge is water based, laquuer thinner will eat through it.
     
  4. blindluck

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    Another thought I wonder if there Could be another product to thin oil paints that won’t eat through the water based wood filler?
     
  5. jimss

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    Use water based colored pencils! I know they work because I use them all the time on both fish reproductions and antlers. You can either draw lines in cracks and blend in with sponge or spunge larger areas with a damp paper towel where pencils are applied. The nice thing about pencils is you can wipe it off if you don't like what you see!

    I combine different shades of pencils with super LIGHT coats of stain. I prefer more SUPER light coats over thick coats! I make a point of not getting any stain on white antler tips.

    I've used a couple different colors of wood filler with the pencil and light stain combo with no problems! I use the stain as a sealer between coats. For chalky antlers I often smooth them down with steel wool. This often brings back a little shine to dull, chalky antlers. To me, this looks a lot more natural than super glossy antlers.
     
  6. blindluck

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    Would love to see some close ups of the antlers you have done.
     
  7. blindluck

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    I really want to use the oils like klaus and Erich carter use, their processes seems to be the closest to realistic of all the ways out there.
     
  8. jimss

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    Here are before and after pics of a whitetail I did. whitetail brows close before.jpg whitetail close after.JPG
     
  9. jimss

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    whitetail before.JPG whitetail after1(1).jpg Here's before and after pics of the entire rack. It's a little tough to see the detail.
     
  10. point75

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    Dissolve clear latex/silicone caulk with equal parts of hot water. Mist on and let dry overnight.
     
  11. jimss

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    I'm a little confused what this mixture is for?
     
  12. point75

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    I was responding to the first question on the thread.
     
  13. apache

    apache 9-11 never forget

    Old English scratch remover dark and light mixture and 0000 to tone down the gloss