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Color Enhancer for Fossils

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dre464

I have a question. Does anyone have any knowledge of anyone attempting to use color enhancing sealers for stone and tile to bring out the colors on a fossil? I did tile installation for about seven years and we used it to bring out the colors in travertines and such. It gave the tiles a "wet" appearance, without the shine. I know it wouldn't take the place of a consolidating sealant like Vinac or Paraloid, but it might make the fossil stand out against a matrix, if the colors of both are similar.

Just a question I've had, bouncing around my skull for awhile...

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Troodon

I've seen color enhancers used to even out the brown colors of dinosaur fossils that have been partially bleached by the sun. A two toned claw or bone is harder to sell. The results have mixed depending on who does the prep work. I think its more of a dye.

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jhw

I like to use a couple light coats of Krylon Satin finish chrystal clear. It does enhance the colors some, but also seals and protects, without looking unnatural.

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Uncle Siphuncle

I sometimes dissolve beeswax into turpentine and paint it on fossils to make them "pop" in contrast to surrounding matrix.

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dre464

Thanks Troodon and jhw.

Uncle Siphuncle, I really like the beeswax idea. I may give that a try. Thanks.

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Uncle Siphuncle

I tend to heat the turpentine so i can saturate it with beeswax. Produces a dull luster that shows more color than fossils in the raw.

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