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Smallmouth Repaint

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Jean M, Dec 8, 2022.

  1. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    I recently had someone ask if I might be able to repaint a bass he had an older gentleman mount about 4 or 5 years back. He said it wasn't really a bad mount, just painted a bit dark. The fish he caught was a fairly drab brown colour, sadly, not a pretty green, gold, with bold tiger stripe version.

    The mount was... well, it didn't smell bad.

    I let him know that I could repaint it, but couldn't really change much else on the mount. All the surface filler I have wasn't going to change the body shape!
    I cleaned the surface with lacquer thinner, rubbed with steel wool and broke out the white primer spray can. 20221206_101131.jpg

    This was about 2½ hours later:
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    A couple more hours, mostly spent fighting with the weird texture on the fin surfaces.
    20221206_173412.jpg

    Some detail work.
    20221206_212330.jpg

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    It's no competition paintjob, and there are a few things I would fix up next time, but this one is now glossed and ready for mounting back on the driftwood base.
    20221206_212500.jpg
    I'll take a few photos of it completed, as well as share the before and after.

    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    So here's the before and after.

    Same fish, same driftwood.
    New paint and a new look.
    Too bad I couldn't do anything about that stiff, flat body shape.
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  3. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Looks a heck of allot better
    I would outline the bar pattern a bit and add a little smoky color towards the belly area
    Changing the position on the drift wood helped allot
    Took away some of that flat look
    Customer should be happy
     
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  4. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Looks good,I would of turned head out instead of looking at the wall
     
  5. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    You're right about the smokey belly.
    I would work on that on another for sure.
    I agree about the dark markings, but this guy's fish had very faint markings, so just tried to match it somewhat.
     
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  6. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Rich, there was no turn to the head. Flat as a board!
    I could reshape the driftwood to angle it out a bit . Not sure if i want to put more time in af this point.
     
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  7. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

    You made some great improvements on that one!
     
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  8. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Ok looks like head is tilted in when its laying flat,nice job either way
     
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  9. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Jenna
    I think you did great with what you had to work with
     
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  10. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Thanks Clew,
    it was a fun challenge. I really enjoy painting. I'd agree that it turned out pretty good for a day's work and a few sprigs of greenery.
    I'm sure it was an honest mistake, but please don't call me Jenna! I joined this Cult for the taxidermy. Lol.
    But I won't drink the kool-aid.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2022
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  11. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Dang sorry about that
    Did not realized that mistake