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Old 05-16-2018, 06:08 PM   #1
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I have a sorry of antlers that are 16 years old and Iíd like trim stain them for my wedding. Is Ethan an option? Can they be stained to look more natural since they are pretty much white now.

If they can be stained, anyone have advice on how to do it and color to use?


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Old 05-16-2018, 06:11 PM   #2
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Size:  177.6 KBI use old English furniture polish, it's a dark brown. Works great I will try and post pics. Taxedermy supply stores also have differant colors of stain. You can even use coffee. I found this bull dead last year and both sides were like the weird side. And a few coats of old English stained the good side to what you see.

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Old 05-16-2018, 06:14 PM   #3
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Iíve used again & even used motor oil...no issues
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:16 PM   #4
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If you want it to look natural, order a stain kit from taxidermy supply, it'll have several different colors. You can fade it out on the tips, darken in on the burrs, lighter on the tips. I do reproduction antler work and you start with a white base, its amazing how real and natural you can make them.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:25 PM   #5
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I made a paste with instant coffee and it came out looking totally natural
I used Folgers instant coffee
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:31 PM   #6
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Use Old English Scratch cover for dark woods. Works great and you can apply 1 or 2 coats and make them as dark as you want.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:31 PM   #7
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I’ve used fresh coffee grinds. Rubbed on with my hands let dry and then brushed off the dried grinds. Works good.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate he advice. Will try old English or coffee. How do you make the coffee mixture or do you rub it on dry?


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Old 05-16-2018, 06:41 PM   #9
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Rub/scrub them down real good with used coffee grounds. This is a old school technique that works pretty dang good.. Cheap, safe and easy.. Let them dry and repeat if you want them darker..

If the are cracked up the process to restore them becomes a lot more involved..
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:43 PM   #10
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Iím glad you asked this question because Iíve got a tub of sheds to stain for my wedding decorations.


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Old 05-16-2018, 07:00 PM   #11
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Early American or prevential minwax works good. Once it dries you can lighten the tips and give it some contrast with fine steel wool
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:54 AM   #12
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I have used just old fashion wood stain before with pretty good results.

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Old 05-17-2018, 07:27 AM   #13
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Use coffee grounds they work great. Be sure and get them wet before using and then rub all across the horns and let set for a little while. If not dark enough use a second coat and it will continue to darken up, this looks more natural than any stain I've found so far.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:28 AM   #14
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Potassium permagnate or however its spelled it’s a purple powder you get from taxidermy supply. You add paint thinner and rub it on with a cotton ball. It looks purple but in about 2 minutes it’s oxidizes and is the most real color I’ve seen out of all the other treatments. Just use steel wool to fade where needed
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:53 AM   #15
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Yeah the potassium permanganate works best for the natural look and is available online and at stores that sell koi fish pond supplies - it's cheap and it's an oxidizer so wear gloves or you'll have brown hands for a few days! You can apply more coats for a darker brown. Just mix with a small amount of water and coat with rag. Plus it seals the horn and when buffed goes to a nice shine - even when hand buffed with a polishing rag
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:56 AM   #16
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Potassium permagnate or however its spelled itís a purple powder you get from taxidermy supply. You add paint thinner and rub it on with a cotton ball. It looks purple but in about 2 minutes itís oxidizes and is the most real color Iíve seen out of all the other treatments. Just use steel wool to fade where needed
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Yeah the potassium permanganate works best for the natural look and is available online and at stores that sell koi fish pond supplies - it's cheap and it's an oxidizer so wear gloves or you'll have brown hands for a few days! You can apply more coats for a darker brown. Just mix with a small amount of water and coat with rag. Plus it seals the horn and when buffed goes to a nice shine - even when hand buffed with a polishing rag
^^^^^^^^^^^Best results!

I personally use Minwax Provincial color. Works good and easy.
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