January 10th, 2009, 10:33 PM
whats the best way to get bleached antlers back to looking natural
how have you got your bleached antlers looking new again?any pics would be great too....
January 10th, 2009, 10:37 PM
I'm very interested in this it almost seems like it would be very tough to do
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January 10th, 2009, 10:41 PM
You can use wood stain on a rag. Just use a little bit and rub it in, you can add coats if you want to go darker
January 10th, 2009, 10:46 PM
I have heard of using pine tar. Baseball players use it on their bats. I haven't tried it but it makes sense and looks "right" on the baseball bats.
January 10th, 2009, 11:05 PM
Potassium permanagnate (KMn04) We actually use it in water treatment for the removal of Manganese..... you can get a real good natural color stain from this chemicial I know when I get it on my hands it turns it nice and brown
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January 10th, 2009, 11:14 PM
how about brown shoe polish.
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January 10th, 2009, 11:17 PM
Taken from the book "Taxidermy Step by Step"
Formula #10: antler stain Use to restore a natural color to bleached, or faded antlers.
Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of potassium permanganate crystals in 1/2 cup of warm water. Apply this to the antlers with a brush or wad of cloth until the desired color is attained. This liquid is a deep purple color but dries to a rich brown, closely simulating the natural color of antlers.
Formula #11: antler brighter Use to brighten and improve the appearance of antlers that are dull and lifeless-looking.
Mix 3 parts of turpentine and 1 part of linseed oil. Apply this to the antlers with a brush or cloth and rub off with a dry cloth.
January 10th, 2009, 11:38 PM
thank you all,now where can i get the potassium permanganate crystals?
Originally Posted by Alandale Archer
January 10th, 2009, 11:55 PM
I just looked on the web, www.sciencecompany.com
January 11th, 2009, 12:08 AM
believe it or not taking a torch,,like a hand held propane torch and lightly going over the rack will darken it up some and give it charicter back
January 11th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Kiwi brand..can shoe polish...Brown.I've used this many time's to bring back the color of antlers.Put it on and let it dry for an hour than wipe off and buff.Repeat till desired color is achieved.
January 11th, 2009, 10:55 AM
u can use old english wood stain to put the coler back in them light coats till u get the disired coler it will come out dull but the right coler then use a fish sealer (i get mine from the local taxidermist) and go over it to put the shine back into it
January 11th, 2009, 11:06 AM
my neighbor does stuff like this, he tans hides and stuff. And if i remember right he uses shoe polish
January 11th, 2009, 11:26 AM
Potassium Permanganate is a common remedy/med in fish keeping and you can find it at many aquarium/fish stores
Originally Posted by moosetrack
try any local stores theyre likely to have it
online you can visit
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January 11th, 2009, 11:52 AM
'Old English' dark. It's the ticket. Darker at the bases and fade to the tips. Wipe off the tops of little bumps at the base quickly to highlight them and make them look well worn.
January 11th, 2009, 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by skipmaster1
January 11th, 2009, 12:46 PM
Different shades of wood stain work for me. Depending on how dark you want them to be you can use a differnent shade or put different amounts of coats on.
January 11th, 2009, 02:05 PM
How long does it take for antlers to lose their color? I have sets from almost 30 years ago that still look the same as when I killed them.
January 11th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Go to taxidermy.net, and ask a professional. Or do a search there. You'll get a good answer that will work.
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January 11th, 2009, 03:23 PM
I did a drop last year and it turned out way too dark.
It is a nice four point drop of my grandfathers that he had in the shed for 30 years, it had very little cracking.
I used a medium walnut stain,the stain was too dark for how dry it was.
It needed a sealer of some sort first.
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January 11th, 2009, 03:56 PM
Spend a month rubbing them on trees!
Originally Posted by moosetrack
January 11th, 2009, 03:57 PM
I've used plain ole Minwax wood stain
on weathered antlers to bring back natural color. Depending on how porous the antlers are will determine how dark of a stain you need. I always start with a really light stain. If the antlers are really weather-checked, I use Johnson's paste wax to bring back natural sheen. Here is a pic of a set of antlers that were outside on a barn for a year before I got them. They had cracking and were very pale. A little wood stain and several coats of paste wax and here they are.
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