On a recent trip to Tropic Star Lodge in Piñas Bay, Panama, I met Bob Harris, owner of Saltwater Taxidermy in Houston, Texas (www.saltwatertaxidermy.com). Harris had come to fish, but also with another mission in mind; the TSL brass had asked him to repaint a beautiful shoulder mount of a black marlin that had hung on the lodge's porch for decades.
Years of exposure had faded the paint, and Harris was there to touch it up. But after seeing it, he decided to start over from scratch, and had the TSL staff sand the mount down to bare fiberglass. He tried to order metallic automotive paint (the type he prefers for his mounts) from Panama City, but the Panamanian airlines refused to fly it in, calling the paint hazardous materials.