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Artificial Water Interactions With Painted Reproductions

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Trapper2016, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    Hello everyone,

    Hope you are all doing well. I am hoping to get some advice on a future habitat display that will involve polytranspar artificial water and some painted reptile replicas. In addition to a few full size reptile replicas, I have a couple of head only replicas (ex: snapping turtle head). What I would like to do is have a swamp type display with the head coming out of the water and possibly a frog maybe sitting in the shallow water. My problem is that I am worried about interactions between the artificial water and the painted replica.

    I have done a similar display in the past with a painted bullfrog head coming out of maybe 1/8 inch of artificial water. By the time the resin was dry a small amount of the paint had begun to come off the bullfrog head at the resin level. It was only a small amount, but noticeable if you knew what to look for. I should mention that the head had been glossed and allowed to dry before it was placed into the resin.

    If possible I don't want to repeat that in this next display. I was wondering if anyone else out their had this issue and was able to overcome it. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks for viewing and have a good one
    Chris
     
  2. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Did you seal the paint? With a clear coat and allowed to dry complete ?
    Sounds like this is your problem
     
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  3. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I’ve had this issue bout 30 years ago,
    When sealed problem went away
     
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  4. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    Hi Clew,

    Yes the topcoat was dry. I had the replicas done for probably a week or better before I put them into the artificial water. I have been using the Lifetone liquid crystal in the aerosol can as my gloss and I wonder if maybe their was a bad reaction with it?
     
  5. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Sounds like that was the problem
    Spray a coat over let it set a minute then use hot air
    Then let it set a hour then heat fish good with hair dryer
    Then give it a good coat and dry well
    I use crystal clear from Walmart
     
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