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What Causes This On A Repro?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Brad Hendrickson, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    What Causes all the little pock marks in the scale? Or is this normal after antiquing?



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    Last edited: Jan 28, 2020
  2. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

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    Brad, This is normal. Fish do not have smooth scales, especially warm water large scaled fish. The replica simply picks up the detail that is there.
     
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  3. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    Ok.. thanks.. Thats a Crappie I molded and was wondering if I did something HORRBIBBLY wrong..

    I guess I did know that.. lol Icthyology Class 20 years ago...
     
  4. Did you use diluted lacquer 80% thinner to 20% paint to seal the real fish before molding? This may help you stop this.
     
  5. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    Nope. I did not. I read conflicting answers on that. Seal fish. Don’t seal fish. So wth do I know. I’m just a fart in the wind right now lol. Maybe I’ll give that a try. Can u just spray say a matte finish on it ( rattle can) after it’s dried. Or gloss or whatever in a rattle can.
     
  6. h20halo

    h20halo New Member

    Brad, what molding method did you use and what mold material? Just curious. I think the different marks on the scale will help give the paint job depth.
     
  7. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    Bondo resin method...
     
  8. Pikeonthefly

    Pikeonthefly Active Member

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    I like that effect. I think that would give your paint job some depth.
     
  9. I think you can get it painted up and seal the colors with a rattle can gloss. This will set the colors. then hit a couple medium coats of a two part gloss wait about 30 minutes and give it a nice even heavy coat of two part gloss. Yes I have ran into that on some repros, this is what I do.