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Nicotine Stained Owls Fix???

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Eivind.utstopping, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Eivind.utstopping

    Eivind.utstopping New Member

    I just bought 3 owls today for 50$. The guy who sold them to me has had the mounts for several years in his apartment where he smoked cigarettes. Therefore the feathers are all brown from nicotine and I have tried to remove it. I have wiped the feathers and tried to rinse them with vinegar, windex and acetone. The results I have not been to good :( is there any other methods or cleaning products that can fix or at least help with the "browning" on the feathers?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Well first off unless you have the permits and it’s for educational reasons , it’s a federal offense to own buy or mount any bird of prey. If I were you I would delete this post and check into the leagal issues you may have if caught without the proper paperwork.

  3. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    Judging by the name he may not be in the US
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    The OP is in Norway. Laws there are different.

    Not sure what you can use that will not damage the mount. I have read that you need to take the mount apart in sections, wash, blow dry and re assemble but I do not have even a clue how you would do that. Perhaps, do you have a local museum that you could ask at to see what they recommend? I would think that wiping the feathers would just drive the staining deeper into the feathers underneath.
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  5. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If so my bad , just giving a heads up , hate to see anyone get in trouble and had no idea. Goodluck
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  6. Eivind.utstopping

    Eivind.utstopping New Member

    Its okey, im from Norway so laws here are different;) They are legal for me to own. The wiping helped to get the dust off of them. I was thinking about washing them but as you say it will probably be hard to do without damaging the mounts. I have read that fireplace cleaner might work so i will try that tomorrow:)
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  7. Let everyone know if it works please.
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  8. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    oxi clean or peroxide brush on with toothbrush just be sure to rinse it out well and hand "tumble" with borax and blow dry gently with airbrush
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