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Fish Paint Schedule

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Travis taxidermy, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Travis taxidermy

    Travis taxidermy New Member

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    Do reproduction and skin mount fish have the same paint schedule? Can you use a reproduction schedule on a skin mounted fish and vise versa?
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Yes the only difference is
    skin vs repro = making the repro to look like a dead fish ( hence antiquing) then paint like a normal fish
    Now some folks like to white out there fish (skin mount) and then paint as a white background gives you brighter colors as for me I like a dark background and work to light .
    You can use any paint schedule for ski or plastic and end up with a fish that no one can tell the difference if done correctly
     
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  3. Travis taxidermy

    Travis taxidermy New Member

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    Frank, thank you for the help. It’s great to get information from well seasoned taxidermist.
     
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  4. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Did he just call Frank “old”???
     
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  5. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Lol maybe at least not a curmudgeon
     
  6. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    I actually do antique over the white! It helps bring out the scale detail when you go back to tip the scales. I use regular white primer, then give it a seal coat of clear to lock down the powdery "talc" feeling of the primer. Depending on the fish, I use Detail Scale Black or Green (Polytranspar) and #0000 steel wool just like on a repro. 27.jpg
     

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