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    hi guys...it appears my taxidermist cant seem
    to get the stain to take to the antlers?..she has tred
    everything?...i told her just to go ahead and get the
    rack mounted!....any ideas why this is happening?
    ..thx larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverhunter View Post
    hi guys...it appears my taxidermist cant seem
    to get the stain to take to the antlers?..she has tred
    everything?...i told her just to go ahead and get the
    rack mounted!....any ideas why this is happening?
    ..thx larry
    Potassium Permanganate is available in most hardware and plumbing supply stores.

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    & ALL taxidermist supply .

    DO NOT use the premix Antler stain. IT WONT WORK.

    Potasium Per*******te will stain ANYTHING.

    Including my table, My Shop floor,all of my sculpting tools & a piece of skin that got covered when it spilled in my shop. LOL

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    thanks guys!....is this something i can do?..how
    do u get the color u need?....funny this lady doesnt
    know about this stuff?...larry

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    Do a search on this site for "restoring weathered antlers". It's absolutely something you can do yourself. There is another thread called "fixing moose antlers" that discusses the process.

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    perfect!!....thanks all!!

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    Anyone know of a local store that carries potassium permanganate, I've looked at the big box stores and not been able to find it? My daughter has a small set of caribou antlers that have lost most of their color and I'd like to darken them back up.

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    Because there are not many women taxidermists in Alaska and I am one of them, I feel it appropriate to emphasise that I am NOT the taxidermist bcriverhunter is referring to. I agree that potassium perm...te is the best solution to starting your antlers. Some taxidermists also paint the antlers with flat white latex paint then stain.

    Some antlers just don't take stain well.

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    I have used Potasium Permanganate for over 18 years & believe me , You can stain ANYTHING with it.

    From White plastic antlers , to Caribou that the membrane is still left on.

    All you have to do is coat them , Let em dry for 15 minutes & coat em again.

    As many times as you want until you get the desired darkness that you want. You can turn one to a dark chocolate if you want to.

    Plus like on Elk & Moose if you want the tips & bumps around the horn burrs to show the Ivory color, Use a Light steel wool across them & they will shine like they should.

    Painting Any antler is not a good idea.

    Ones you screw up with the wrong color you cant remove all of the paint to start over without a Harsh paint remover n& in Most cases , That will soak into the antler & NEVER accept stain.

    I mix Potasium Permanganate in a Glass jar with NEW Denatured alcohol & the stuff never goes bad.

    If by some chance it all settles to the bottom or evaporates just add more New Denatured & it activates again.

    As a Side note, I ONLY do one antler at a time & count how many coats I put on so I can see just how much they are changing .

    Its EASY !!!

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reAoZQ7h7z8

    there are a bunch of other videos as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chasethemoon View Post
    Anyone know of a local store that carries potassium permanganate, I've looked at the big box stores and not been able to find it? My daughter has a small set of caribou antlers that have lost most of their color and I'd like to darken them back up.
    Sears, Home Depot, Lowes. It's in the water conditioning/water softener area.

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    wow!....lots of good advice--thanks all!.....

    RJ- can u use a rag instead of a brush?

    Juli-sorry about that--this "lady" is from BC!

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    Larry,
    I use a rag, no issues. Make sure to use rubber gloves, long sleeves and something under the rack while you are staining it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverhunter View Post

    Juli-sorry about that--this "lady" is from BC!
    Haha, that makes sense! it is easy to forget that Alaskans are not the only ones who come onto the forum!
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    I used one of those cheap foam brush applicators on the last few sets I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    Sears, Home Depot, Lowes. It's in the water conditioning/water softener area.
    Does it have a brand name?.....I looked at Home Depot in Juneau and couldn't find it.....granted the help there leaves much to be desired.

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    Just use a Cheap Paint brush & REALLY coat every inch of the antler.

    I used some on a Repro set of Sheep horns last year also & it came out AWSOME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch It View Post
    Does it have a brand name?.....I looked at Home Depot in Juneau and couldn't find it.....granted the help there leaves much to be desired.
    Should just be called Potassium Permanganate. Try these guys:
    http://www.budgetwater.com/juneau,_ak.htm

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    One caution in using the KMNO4 -- it's a strong oxidizer and is really exothermic when mixed with certain compounds such as glycerin. Just be cautious, as it will start a fire when mixed with the wrong stuff.

    http://avogadro.chem.iastate.edu/MSDS/KMnO4.htm

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    hi all!..well, just got the rack back from the taxidermist!..not stained!..she said she tried PP but it STILL would not adhere to the rack?, she has never
    come across that problem?....so, I guess I will make an attempt at it, or just leave it the way it is!..still think it looks good tho!! larry




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