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Caulk Vs Hidepaste Question

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Ed, Dec 31, 2022.

  1. Ed

    Ed Member

    Hello All, I have recently been watching the amazing work of Brian Hendricks on youtube mounting lifesize small game. He uses ample amounts of caulking as an adhesive. My question is what qualities of caulk make it a better choice such as adhession or drying time as opposed to hide paste? Thanks Ed
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    I don't know that it is better but often times more convenient. It is typically readily available in most locations in bulk. No shipping or mixing up. It is in a tube and can be injected under the skin and worked around from the outside. I've used it and it works but I now prefer the same hide paste I use on everything. Pro-1.
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  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    McKenzie does sell hide paste in a caulk tube , you sure that’s not what he is using, as 3 bears said Pro 1
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  4. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I have an emptied caulk tube that I push out the bottom with a blunt wire. I fill the tube with the dextrine hide paste we mix up at the shop. I will occasionally use this when I need to get hide paste into tight spots.

    Latex caulk certainly works as a hide paste, but using something like Pro 1 is better choice. The convivence of the tube and the availability is with the caulking.
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  5. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    I have refillable caulk tubes that I got off of amazon. I fill those with pro-1 for my small mammals and to glue the seams on my gameheads.
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  6. Denton Shearin

    Denton Shearin 2009-Breakthrough Award, McKenzie Award,

    I use an air gun to blow the stopper out of an empty caulk tube then fill it with hide paste.
    Use a rag or paper towel over the tube end to catch the stopper and any residual caulk.
    We mix our own hide paste using Roman 555 and Joe Coombs dry hide paste.
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  7. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Brian Hendricks uses plain caulk - it’s cheap and using a caulk gun allows you to get the caulk (or hide paste in tubes) in without making a mess, especially around the face area. The caulk also dries quite a bit slower and gives you more working time to adjust the skin if you need to. Some hide pastes dry pretty fast and do not give a s much working time. I use a caulk gun with hide paste, but I have used caulk as well.
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    why I bag all my mounts as they dry , I did a tutorial on bagging for 5 days and reworking ur mounts each day , as you said , hide paste and critters dry at different times
  9. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I usually use krowtan for small mammals. My experience with krowtan is that it dries slow enough already, actually too slow. I don't need anymore working time.
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  10. Westcoast

    Westcoast Well-Known Member

    Just because a particular person uses a certain product does not make it better. My guess is that it is used because it is cheap. If you want the “best”, then use Pro-1. Brian Hendricks is talented enough that he could probably get the same results using Elmer’s Glue.
  11. Ed

    Ed Member

    As a side question I see Brian uses what appears to be super glue instead of sewing small holes. My question is what is the patch he uses for reinforcement?
  12. I believe it is a piece of a nitrile glove. Someone can correct me if I am wrong.
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  13. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    The only "advantage" is the delivery device. For 20 years I used a silicone caulk on turkeys. I found that a foot long piece of 1/2 inch vinyl tubing pressed over the spout allowed much better access than shoving the caulk gun up inside the skin.
  14. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Latex gloves also work. However, it's been awhile since I've seen them for sale.
  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Gloves are back down to $8 from harbor freight again , I still like dryer sheets and ear skin