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10-28-2012 04:20 PM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Jonas Taxidermy in Broomfield would have the answer for you.
10-21-2012 11:12 AM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Well, here is my .02 worth. Start by brushing with a paint brush to remove as much of the dust as possible. A paint brush has the right amount of stiffness for this job. Reduce the pressure on the brush as you get towards the end of the fins. This will also help to remove it from the rays of the fins, then blow off loose material with some compressed air. Then I would use a damp ( not wet ) cloth and q-tips to remove the more stubborn material. At this point if it meets your satisfaction then stop there. If still dull you can test on backside (not show side) with rubbing alcohol dapmened cloth to see if you get improvement. Make sure after it is dry that you don't have dulling of the clear coat paint. If no ill effects then use on show side. If that doesn't work you can take it to a taxidermist.

I would not use baby wipes because you don't want any residue left behind that dust will stick to that you have to remove later. Also would not put it under water. No real benefit and risks damaging the mount. They are usually just finished with a clear acrylic gloss paint of some sort. The usual process is seal coat, color paint then finish with multiple coats of clear acrylic.

If you are a DIY guy and you want to risk repainting yourself you can mask off the backside leaving about a 1" x 1-1/2" hole in the paper to test for ill effects. If there is no bad paint reaction or color bleeding then you can proceed with the rest of the mount at your own risk. I've used HD clear acrylic for this before and it worked fine.
10-17-2012 10:07 PM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I remember reading somewhere that baby wipes with aloe work to clean old mounts. I don't know how well it works but I figured I'd throw it out there.
10-17-2012 03:21 PM
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09-18-2012 08:01 AM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I had a bow mounted years ago by Mike Ross. He did fantastic. He told me to use a feather duster to dust the mount. I have kept up with it by dusting once every few months and it has worked fine. This would be my recommendation.
09-17-2012 02:52 PM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I think Tony Cannova is still around Denver. He's the best. The last number I had for him is (303) 744-0147.

If that doesn't work, let me know. I may be able to track him down. There was a rumor he might be moving back east.

09-17-2012 11:03 AM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

Originally Posted by DonInDenver
I would call a local reputable taxidermist who specializes in fish.
Mount was done in Nebraska by a guy that's passed away or I would have asked him. Any recommendations Don?
09-17-2012 10:53 AM
Re: Cleaning your fish mount

I would call a local reputable taxidermist who specializes in fish.

09-17-2012 10:43 AM
Cleaning your fish mount

Looking for tips on how to properly clean and care for a skin mount. I have a walleye that hasn't been cleaned in years so she's looking pretty dull. I googled it and see people suggesting everything from simple green to running the whole thing under water and blowing it off with compressed air. None of these sounded like a good idea so maybe someone here knows more than google.

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