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Northern Restoration - To Prime Or Not To Prime?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by g1rmklemp, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. g1rmklemp

    g1rmklemp New Member

    I'm looking for some opinions. I haven't done a fish in 40 years I suspect. My father-in-law passed a few years ago and this Northern Mount was/has been stored for many years. I've started to restore it as best that I can and I'm getting close to starting to repaint. I'm wondering if you would recommend priming it to a white base or just recolor the mount as is? I've included a reference photo that IMO represents the original color of the fish. I did experiment with adding some gold powdered pigment across the top of the back but I'm having a hard time visualizing the best approach to use. Thanks! IMG_5615.jpg

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  2. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    I’d prime it. But I prime every single fish I do. Be it a skin or replica

  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Your going to hear both so it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you. personally you have all the or most of the markings on the skin now so you have a pattern to go by. If you decide to prime there’s nothing there but white.
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  4. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Bingo Frank!
  5. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    Your photo of the mount looks a lot like a skin mount after it has dried so I would try to tint it without priming and if that is not to your satisfaction then you still have the option of whiting it out.
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  6. g1rmklemp

    g1rmklemp New Member

    Thanks to all! I decided to prime it. I figured if I don’t like it I’ll start over. So far I’m reasonably happy with the initial results. After the base of gold/silver pigment I added the markings. It’s starting to come together. I’d love some feedback from anyone on my progress.

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