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Over Painting Skin Mounts ?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by 1tahr, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. hi Guys, I was looking at a rainbow id just painted and decided it was over painted , on replicas ive been mucking around with i can still see the antiquing under the colours and it looks more natural than my skin mounts , so if a skin mount fish is in good condition and dosnt need whited out how much colour should i be applying and how much of the original skin if any should show thru, if this makes sense trying to avoid that over painted look . thanks
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I never white out any skin mount. I will darken them where needed apply metallic and start painting to what’s needed.
    Some folks paint light some heavier in layers it’s your fish make it look as good as you can with any method you choose
     
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  3. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

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    I personally paint them both exactly the same primer and all. There shouldnt be any difference in the out come if your doing them the exact same.
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2021
  4. its certainly a steep learning curve , can i colour skin mounts with water colour pencils and use antiquing process , I like the fact with a replica i can scub it all off and start again , ive been a bit worried about stripping a skin mounts paint off , what is the correct process to do this without damaging the scales thanks
     
  5. 3bears

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    I use lacquer and end up wiping some fish down with thinner on a rag, when I don't like where I ended up that is. I then reseal and start over, sometimes the beauty of it is, I get more depth because I don't remove all of the original paint.
     
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  6. Mudbat

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    Ive stripped skinmounts bear in the past with zero issue. I also lock down all my skinmounts with sand able wood sealer. Helps a lot on fish that pop scales such as salmon. Other then when stripping someone else’s ive never run into a issue of lacquer thinner eating foam.
    Can do 99.9% of the exact same things you do with a replica as with a skinmount.
     
  7. Mudbat

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    You wouldn’t! By the way Frank, I started painting my sliver fish black….. and I actually like it! Hahahah I caved!
     
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  8. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Ahh another nonbeliever turned to the dark side lol
     
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  9. Clew

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    Like this African pompano
     
  10. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I have been playing around with a two tone backing paint
    Black at bottom and progressing to chrome on upper, on certain fish
     
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  11. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Careful bud once the dark side takes over it’s over lol
     
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  12. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    That ship sailed
     
  13. Clew

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    LOL
    That chromer you judged years ago at Surry was done that way
     
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  14. Clew

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