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Scales Sticking Up On Salmon

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by drwalleye, Aug 15, 2022.

  1. drwalleye

    drwalleye Active Member

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    Good morning all I need a little help. Whenever I'm out to my Salmon's like kings or coho everything goes well up into the point where I'm ready to paint it. I spray a very light coat of sealer on it and the scale start to stick up. I tried to go as late as I can but they just keep on going up. Can I actually take a razor blade and kind of lightly trim off the parts that are sticking up and then start over with the sealer and more of them start to stick up. What do you guys do to keep this from happening. One time I tried to just go right to the painting process but then they started sticking up while I was painting them thanks for any advice
     
  2. Clew

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    Do you seal your fish prior to painting?
     

  3. drwalleye

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    Well, that's my problem. I am sealing the fish before I paint. That is when the scale's start to lift.
     
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  4. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    I have used an iron to lay them back down with good success
     
  5. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Tazzy hit it
    Use hot iron and they should lay down
    But I do spray a very light coat of shellac first, let dry then hit it again
     
  6. drwalleye

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    Ok I will see if we still have a iron around the house.thanks. is it normal for that to happen happen on salmon?
     
  7. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I have not had this issue except an occasional one or two,
    But I do hit my first sealer coat very lite
    What are you using to preserve with
     
  8. drwalleye

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    I use a fish tan from the taxidermy company. And it only happens on salmon and trout. And it's always smooth until I spray my first flash coat of sealer. I'm assuming it's the moisture making them curl?
     
  9. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Just curious?
    Did you look close under the scales?
    See and crystallization?
    Need bi-nocks to see good
    And what sealer do you use?
     
  10. drwalleye

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  11. drwalleye

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    I've used the fish sealer from the magazine for most of my work And tried krylon clear Matt the last couple. Same results
     
  12. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    I used Lauquer to seal my fish, usually if scales lifted it was during drying . Is your sealer water based?
     
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  13. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Indeed a good question asked is your sealer water base? That’s probably the issue. Try Zinsser shellac. That’ll work much better.
     
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  14. drwalleye

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    No it is not water based. I use the super fish sealer it's kind of a red white and blue can by Gary Bowens I see it in just about all the taxidermy magazines I've used it for many years and it works on everything the only trouble I have is with the salmon and trout
     
  15. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Weird as I’ve never seen trout or salmon scales raise from any kind of lacquer. I would just try the other product zinnzer and see if that make a difference. If it doesn’t then there’s something else going on under the skin.
     
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