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    I have a deer skull that sat in a bucket of water and rid X over the course of a winter and the base of the antlers turned black. I have painted the them with a wash of white latex and repaired a broken tip with two part putty. What paint or stain can I use to make them look original?

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    I use shoe polish wax type to color the antlers. seems to work well.

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    Attachment 82449I used acrylic burnt umber and a little yellow initially.

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    Attachment 82451The broken tip. Attachment 82452Reconstructed tip.

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    Attachment 82453Ready for sealer I think. Wish I had a before pic to show how bad it looked. Pic got turned sideways somehow?

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    I can't see the photos. But the use of the acrylic burnt umber is exactly what I would have done.

    I do wonder if you had used some clairol simple white/hydrogen peroxide on the bases if they would have come white enough to to use a regular wood stain.
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    I've posted this before. I took a set of deer antlers that were completely bleached from hanging on a barn, and rubbed them with different varieties of tree branches. They look perfectly natural. Actually didn't take long either. I left some of the bark embedded at the base, just like it is when the deer do the rubbing.
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    Not sure why pics didn't work. I tried the 40% hyd peroxide but it didn't phase the stain at all.

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