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    Will epoxy pick up the dye? I used JB weld clear.

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    Not sure about JB weld, never used it.

    It doesn't take it as well as horn, itself. I found that a bit of touching up the inside of the scales with black paint, made a darker appearance.

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    Then the wedge took care of the rest.
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    I would recommend a heavier amount of dye to be used on the epoxy. I went fairly light, and tried it twice, before settling on using the paint on the inside of the scales.

    Can't really screw it up. Just start over again, if ya don't like it. That's how I learned.!

    But I'm more than happy to help ya along, though it takes a bit of technique, learning to blend and hide repairs. Honey horn is by far the hardest, because of its transparency.

    If their in real bad shape, I'll sand them real good, make repairs with epoxy and powdered lump charcoal, bog oak, or burnt, wooden match sticks. Anything black, to use as a filler for the epoxy. Then dye them in black hair dye.

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    Getting the shine back, is the use of CA as a clear coat that will polish to a high shine, something epoxy won't do.

    Knowing a bit about finishing auto and boat repairs, is a plus for me in this aspect. So it does take some practice to blend repairs so their not easily spotted, or stick out like a sore thumb.
    Last edited by outback; 11-24-2022 at 04:51 AM.
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