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#1 Pixman

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Does anyone do repairs or coloring/darkening on coues sheds in the Mesa area? I found a decent set and was thinking about having these older sheds repaired. I have tried doing this myself and had ok results but they seem to fade after a while and i was hoping for better results without breaking the bank. Thanks in advance



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Order a product called antler stain. If not minwax works great. Use a q tip to get into all the crevices.

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For staining the best results Ive had are with potassium permanganate. You can buy it in powder form on amazon, mix with water then brush on the antler. When mixed it turns purple, and it goes on purple but it will dry brown, just make sure to let each coat dry before applying the next one. You can add coats until you reach the shade you want, the more coats the darker they will turn out. Be super careful with the stuff, it is permanent and it will ruin clothes.

As far as repairing cracks/surface, I use plastic wood filler. You can get it at Walmart in a couple different shades, apply by hand and it dries smooth and is removable if youre not happy with how it turns out. Once youve repaired all the cracks and voids, gently sand the entire surface with a fairly high grit sandpaper. After that, use the permanganate to stain them, then once they are dry and the color you want you can take the sandpaper back over the antlers to add natural looking wear around the bases and tips. If its your first time Id recommend using an antler you dont care about to see how it works and how it will turn out. Good luck!

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Buckwheat893 thanks for the info, I will be trying the potassium permanganate.



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For staining the best results Ive had are with potassium permanganate.

 

You guys be dang careful with that especially where you store it.

any contact with Glyserin will start a fire..( some cooking oils have glyserin in it)

when i was a kid in the 60s and early 70s we would take potassium permaginate and pour out a small pile, then a few drops of glyserin on top of that and anywhere from 15 seconds to 24 hours you would have ignition. all depends on how hot the glycerin is.

 

we used to take a brick of blackcats sit them outside of someones house we didnt like at night put a dixie cup of potassium permagante and few drops of glycerin in it set the brick of blackcats on the top and go to bed.  usually about 3-6 hours later they would go off and of course we were all sleeping so we couldnt be blamed.

 

back in the late 80;s a machine shop I was working at caught fire. fires happened frequintly in the dumpster .people who smoked got blamed. then inside the shop caught fire of coarse it was close to  all the magnesium and titanium  which really got the fire going.

come to find out 1-2 months after the fire the lapping compound had patasium permagante in it and the oil we used as a lubricated on the lapping machine was wesson oil which had glycerin in it.

 

thats why every time after night shift went home the fires started in the early morning as we ran the lap and dumped the trash (oily paper towels). time delay.

 

I learned all this stuff in 6th grade chemistry class in a navy DOD school in Japan. out teacher was cool we used the concoction to light rice paper balloons  filled with hydrogen and had a small cup holding the permaginate and glycerin. the balloons were 6-12 feet in diameter and they went way the heck up in the air before igniting.was a cool sight for sure

 

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