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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by jokerpie, Apr 8, 2020.
What staining method is best for whitetail antlers?
For touch ups , oil paste dark brown, put on wipe off till you get desired look . I have done this on whole rack but I really believe there are better options to get better tones but I’m color blind and can’t do them
Rub on stains from Van Dykes - several colors/shades - that you can use individually or in combination to get the right shade to match.
I use potassium permagnate and oil paints.
Potassium permango and oil paint. it depends on what kind of shape the antlers are in. Specifically how porous or weathered/"chaulky." Either media works, but you have to "sneak up" on the final result. A little at a time: shading, blending, etc. If you use PP, you need a couple coats of clear sealer to hold it in. I also like to put a couple good coats of whatever solvent(water, dentured alcohol, etc) you are using on, it helps the PP penetrate and blend. It needs to soak in rather than run off.
Gloves and a "disposable" work area are a must as well, PP stains are wicked and nearly permanent.