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Clear coat on elk Euro mount?

I just finished two elk euro mounts for my cousin and one of his buddies. I normally do not use any kind of clear coat after bleaching them out and have had no problems with my mounts but my cousin asked about using a clear coat. Does anyone of any experience using a clear coat and how does it affect how natural the skull looks?

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I am not big on euro mounts,

I am not big on euro mounts, so I have not really thought about that.  However, it is interesting.  I wonder if it would also protect the bone from deterioration over time.

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My buddy is a taxidermist and

My buddy is a taxidermist and he uses a matte polyurethane spray finish he claims it seals it so  dust wont settle in the pores and you can wipe it down with a damp cloth.  I think I would use a water base becuase the oil based will yellow after time.

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I just ended up not clear

I just ended up not clear coating them because I didn't want to screw up someone else's mount while trying something new. They both looked great and I haven't had any problems not using a clear coat in the past. The next mount that I do of mine I plan on trying the new method out though.

Thanks festus for the suggestion.

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artists spray is an option

On the skulls that I preserved (coyote and black backed jackal) I cleaned them with hydrogen peroxide then after thatw as dry sprayed them down with an artist silicone preservative that comes in an areosol can at art supply stores.  I think the brand name is Fixitip or maybe Fixitiv.  Anyway it is a clear coat designed to prevent pencil or charcoal drawings from smudging by creating a spray on clear barrier over them.

It seems to be working well on my skulls so far although the jackal skull from 2002 is looking a little yellowed when compared side by side with teh coyote skull from 2007.  Photo attached.

 

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varathane has a slight yellow

varathane has a slight yellow tint to it.  deft lacquer is more clear.

atleast this is what i have found inthe furniture world

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