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Redoing Wt Nose

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by John Stewart, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. John Stewart

    John Stewart Member

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    If a customer wants a whitetail nose redone (texture and paint) what's the best way to strip off the old finishes. I believe it's lacquer paint and MP nodules with a gloss finish. My assumption is lacquer thinner would remove all of it and start from scratch. It doesn't need and repairs, they just want a different finish on the mount.
     
  2. 13 point

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    That should do it , only suggestion I would give is to lean the mount forward so nose is kinda downwards so not to bleed any old paints back into the hair of mount
     
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  3. John Stewart

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    Great point!
     
  4. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

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    Glen is correct in his advice. Don't GLOSS the nose, satin or matte
     
  5. John Stewart

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    The gloss is why it's being redone. But I don't believe there's anyway to just remove the gloss without taking everything off and starting from scratch.
     
  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Try spraying a flat or Matt over the gloss first , that should tone it done . Might not have to redo
     
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  7. crablover

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    If the gloss finish is the reason, then your customer knows WT Deer noses better than taxidermists who gloss them. Glen is correct, in his advice. I would rub down the nose with 0000 steel wool, touch up the nodule's and paint. Matte or flat clear lacquer to finish. If no touch up is needed, then just cover the gloss clear with matte or flat. You should not have to strip the nose
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    When I googled white tailed deer noses up close, I found 8 that were high gloss on the whole nose and 5 of those were so wet that they looked like they had several coats of Envirotex Lite applied to them. Thats out of more than 50 pics I looked at, so according to the live reference, a deer's nose can be high gloss although it appears to be the exception rather than the rule.

    I never was one to use high gloss on a nose. Just saying it can occur.
     
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  9. 13 point

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    Will only be wet , just after licking as in when they are Fleming ie lip curling
     
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    The majority of the pics were of does and fawns. Only 3 were bucks. I assume does and fawns can and do lip curl. I have never seen it though. I have seen does lick their nostrils when they are alerted to danger.
     
  11. WLELTD

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    Ive seen a ton of deer with very high gloss noses
     
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  12. Lance.G

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    I second that. I have some great reference and the nose pad changes for lots of different reasons. 70% of my pictures show a wet nose. A dry nose is not wrong ether. Don’t get tunnel vision.
     
  13. Lance.G

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    The glands between there nodules secret also.
     
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  14. nemo

    nemo Member

    I run a full time taxidermy, along with, I raise cattle also. I have had to bottle feed calves in the past, due to loss of mother. They always start to excrete a watery fluid on their nose pad, just knowing it's fixing to get a bottle of milk. By the time it gets started, the nose is completely wet, and shining like a new penny. I've also seen it with mature cows, knowing they're fixing to get fed. I can't say the same for deer, as I don't own any deer. But, I can't help, but believe that a deer wouldn't be any different, especially being as they both have a nose pad with nodules. I'm betting a deer's nose has the same sensory glands that turn their nose wet and glossy whenever they smell food that's pleasing or pheromones from a doe in heat. One thing is for sure, my customers love a glossy nose, and from pictures and a theory that cattle and deer possess the same qualities, I can't see anything wrong with a matte, satin, or glossy nose. Just my opinion from observation
     
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  15. 13 point

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    As I agree and not saying the nose doesn’t have a wet look it’s just not super glossy
     
  16. livbucks

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  17. livbucks

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  18. livbucks

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    As shown, it can be either. Do which that you prefer.
     
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  19. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    That's why I always went some where in between. A satin finish which looks a little glossy, but not wet.
     
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  20. 13 point

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    Go back and look at both picks , the shiny pic , look at the hair in the nostril area , it’s wet as he just licked it , now look at the other , hair is dry and is how it is normally. If you go by your pics when you gloss the nose you better wet the nostrils also . Show me a pic of a shiny nose where the hair around it is dry .
     
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