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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-03-2010, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Mounted antlers outside...

I have a friend who wants me to do a european type mount on a buck he shot. He wants to hang it outside on a building. Does anybody have any recommendations on what to do with the antlers to keep them from deteriorating in the weather. I don't want to put a lot of money into it.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-03-2010, 10:01 PM
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Re: Mounted antlers outside...

Sun and water will play havoc with this..If I HAD to hang it outside, I'd probably put a coating of wood preservative on it.
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Re: Mounted antlers outside...

Not a great idea. Been there and done that. The antlers will become chalky and brittle. Chipmonks and other rodents will chew them also. In the long run it is better to get them cleaned by a professional or do it yourself by slowly boiling them and scrapping. Chasing Tail (Frank's Skull Cleaning) from this site does great work and is very reasonible. Send him an email, maybe he can help you out.

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maybe some type of lacquer... the clear stuff you put on wood. should keep the elements and animals out..just don't miss a spot.
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i have used a product with some success on wood furniture for outdoors called polytranspar or valspar both are very expensive but these are made for outdoor use. however ever these dont last forever. do not use anything not rated for outdoors such as polyeurethane it wont last 6 months in the elements

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Re: Mounted antlers outside...

Thanks. I was hoping there might be something good on the market. It kind of makes me sick because it is a nice 8 point with a 20" spread. The guys has just shot so many deer and he has lost his house. The only place he has to hang it is outside at his "hunting lodge". (not much of a lodge but I don't know what else to call it. His deer though so I will do what he ask.

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