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How to preserve a European mount
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Contributors to this thread:
Coyote 65 03-Jan-19
Buffalo1 03-Jan-19
GotBowAz 03-Jan-19
Scar Finga 03-Jan-19
Scrappy 03-Jan-19
Franklin 03-Jan-19
LKH 03-Jan-19
Mule Power 03-Jan-19
Mule Power 03-Jan-19
Dirk Diggler 04-Jan-19
Bou'bound 04-Jan-19
GotBowAz 04-Jan-19
mattandersen 04-Jan-19
AaronShort 04-Jan-19
Whocares 04-Jan-19
mattandersen 04-Jan-19
Whocares 05-Jan-19
Whocares 05-Jan-19
Whocares 05-Jan-19
Single bevel 07-Jan-19
From: Coyote 65
03-Jan-19
I don't have any more wall space for an elk, or floor space for a pedestal. I am thinking if I get lucky enough to get drawn that I would just get a european mount done and hang it on the gable end of the house. I know exposure to the elements will decrease the life but does anyone have any experience with what can be done to help preserve the skull/antlers?

Terry

From: Buffalo1
03-Jan-19
About all I have Euro mounts. I have found the key to a Euro is ensuring the skull is properly cleaned and free of all fat. The entire skull must be submerged in the water when boiling and soaking. Otherwise, in a few years they will have to be refurbed. The skull bone will turn from a white to a sorry yellowish color that lacks all beauty.

I have had to refurb 2 African mounts and have got a water buffalo and wild hog that need to be refurbed.

From: GotBowAz
03-Jan-19
Terry, Im interested in this as well but im not sure what can stop mother nature from deteriorating it. Id say make the Euro and hang it inside on the ceiling! LOL

From: Scar Finga
03-Jan-19
(EDIT) Yep, sun and weather will destroy it over time. Hand it in the garage, or on the front or back patio out of the weather and in the shade. Seal it thoroughly with a satin polyurethane (Edit- MAY YELLOW IF EXPOSED TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT) . You could possible have it dipped as well... Talk to a taxi about it.

From: Scrappy
03-Jan-19
After it is all ready to hang carry it down to your local auto body shop and have them give it four coats of clear coat. That should extend the life of it by at least ten years. Also film the interaction with the body shop. If there not hunters there expressions should be priceless.

From: Franklin
03-Jan-19
Marine Varnish or Poly....

From: LKH
03-Jan-19
I boil till I can get it clean and then do it again with Dawn. Then a couple hot water rinses and whiten with hydrogen peroxide I get at the beauty shop.

Then I paint it with a couple coats of 50/50 Elmer's school glue and water. The Elmer's is not going to work since it will be outside so use some Hi gloss exterior enamel spray paint. If it's going to be in the sun a lot, don't worry about paint, etc. The sun will keep it white.

From: Mule Power
03-Jan-19

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I have PILES of euros. All professionally beetle cleaned and whitened. Time still takes it toll. Bone shrinks thus the minimum 60 drying period for Pope and Young.

Last year for the first time I had an elk hydro dipped. They beetle clean as normal and degrease. But then instead of whitening they paint it white(or the base color for the particular pattern) with latex paint. That in itself seals and bonds the parts of the skull. Then they apply the dip film. The skull is very solid, will never discolor, and to me it look and feels like it will last forever. I’m very happy with it.

From: Mule Power
03-Jan-19

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From: Dirk Diggler
04-Jan-19
Coyote I was hopein for a good answer too. I've got plans of a tall entry gate and hang a pile of euros and skull plate racks from it. This Colorado sun is hell on most things and was sure hoping your thread would yield a solid answer. I fear there isn't one.

From: Bou'bound
04-Jan-19
Or you could do some mount culling

if your home is so filled on the inside with taxidermy work that you now have to start finding space outside there may be some inside mount that canbbe replaced with that great new trophy you’re going to get

things build up overtime and often become more clutter than A quality display

sometimes less truly is more

From: GotBowAz
04-Jan-19
Mule Power, thats a great Euro! Sounds like short of dipping the whole skull and antlers in copper, brass or some type of metal there isn't much of a solution to have a Euro outside last for very long. I used to keep all the antler sheds id find on my hunts. They reminded me of each hunt and where I had been. As time went by and room became a factor I have given a few away and some of the lesser ones I cut up in 8 inch pieces for dog chews. Now im wishing i had taken pictures of each one, put them in a scrap book and documented when and where I found them. Maybe something to consider if anyone was to do a Bou'bound suggested.

From: mattandersen
04-Jan-19
Don't mean to hi jack thread but it's sort of related...I got my buck back recently (Euro mount) and want to hang directly above my wood burning stove. About 4 feet above it. Will the heat hurt it any? Anyone have a Euro close to or above a wood burner? Thanks

From: AaronShort
04-Jan-19
Paraloid B72

From: Whocares
04-Jan-19

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Here's two I had dipped.

From: mattandersen
04-Jan-19
dipped cause a wood burner damaged or darkened it or you just dipped it, hung it above a wood burner and its just fine!?

From: Whocares
05-Jan-19

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No. Don't know why pic so bad. And turned! Try again.

From: Whocares
05-Jan-19

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And a whitetail.

From: Whocares
05-Jan-19
Neither one looks very good here for some reason. The pics in my file look better and in person very nice. The elk dip is called winter camo with like birch twigs and a litlle gold and the whitetail is Fall something with dry oak leaves. Oh well, back to jigging for walleyes I guess.

From: Single bevel
07-Jan-19
If you intend to hang it outside, keep a close eye on it for rodent damage. Squirrels chewed almost completely through the base of a whitetail euro I had hanging on my porch.

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