Bring Life Back to Your Taxidermy Mounts




Introduction: Bring Life Back to Your Taxidermy Mounts

With all the money you spend on getting an animal mounted, you definitely want your mount to last a lifetime. Mounts can deteriorate and crack over time. However, with a little maintenance using common household products, you can keep your mount looking as good as the day you got it back from the taxidermist.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Paper Towels
Glass Cleaner
Furniture Polish
Petroleum Jelly

Step 2: Cleaning the Hide

Spray some furniture polish on your rag. Wipe off the dust and dirt from your mount. Be sure to follow the direction of the hair when cleaning.

Step 3: Cleaning the Antlers

Spray some WD-40 on your rag and wipe down the antlers thoroughly. Be sure to get into all the cracks. This will leave a nice shine and bring a life-like, colorful look back into them.

Step 4: Cleaning the Eyes

Spray some glass cleaner on a paper towel and clean off the eyes. After they are clean from the glass cleaner, spray some WD-40 on a paper towel and shine up the eyes to bring a life-like shine into them.

Step 5: Applying the Petroleum Jelly

Apply the petroleum jelly with a Q-tip or your finger around the eyes and on the nose. You don't need a large amount, just enough to surround the eyes and cover the nose. This will keep these areas from drying out and cracking in the future. It will also bring a life-like shine into the tear duct area and nose.

You may notice I already have some cracking around my eyes on this particular mount. That is from many years of doing no maintenance on this mount.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Rejuvinated Mount

You can see the major difference it makes with a good before and after picture.

I recommend doing this to your mounts at least once a year.

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    Question 2 years ago on Step 6

    An old bobcat mount was brought to me with a chin hair patch missing and several whiskers. Can I replace chin hair with squirrel hide?


    Answer 2 years ago

    Make him look like he swallowed a squirrel.

    Interesting info- But I have to admit- when I saw the title the first thought I had is "well THAT won't happen- those suckers are DEAD".


    6 years ago

    Thanks for the info I will need to do this to all my mounts.

    Any idea whether the furniture polish would work on feathers? My dad's got a pheasant that could use a bath...


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I saw this on a master taxidermist info page article:

    Use lacquer thinner: Don’t use water to remove residual
    dust and bring out the shine of a bird’s feather, but instead lightly
    soak a rag with a little lacquer thinner and wipe it over the mount.
    “Lacquer thinner evaporates from the feather, leaving just a clean mount
    with bright colors behind,” he said. “Water will matte the feathers and
    mess them up.”
    Keep it out of the sun: Feel free to display your
    mounts prominently, but take care where you put them. “Direct sunlight
    will definitely bleach and fade feathers. If you want to keep the
    original richness and vibrant colors, keep it out of direct sunlight,”
    he said.

    This being said I also know some old mounts used pretty bad chemicals to prevent bugs ie: arsenic and mercury, so check around eyes for a white microcrystalline substance that could be there. just be careful. As said otherwise dusting will work. just don't use water.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I just use a feather duster on mine. Just be somewhat gentle and go in the direction of the feathers.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    good stuff and I need to do it. I also have some turkey fans which need maintenance. I know that birds preen to add/renew some kind of natural oils. I haven't found out what to use to maintain the feathers. It would have to be a light oil.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Glad you posted this! Been doing this for years. For some reason every Christmas/New Year's Day it just comes to my mind. But... this year I forgot! Guess what I am going to go do LOL!


    7 years ago

    You fooled me with the title. I though you were going to hook up jumper cables and perform some undead voodoo to bring the animals back to life! ; ).
    Seriously this is a task most people don't think about until the need arises. It's always nice to get information from someone that has experience. Thank you for sharing.