Over Neutralizing,,, is there such a thing?
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Location: Lebanon, mo.
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2008, 09:08:58 AM »

Treetops,If I were to become a vender of the same products that are available through the taxidermy supply houses , I would change the instructions .
Neutralizing a pickle is just ass backwards. I have tested and tanned with most of the products availabe. Every thing that is available is a compound mixture from some hugh ,world wide chemical company.  Most of these products were supplied to me free for evaluation between 25 and 35 years ago. There are only so many tanning agents available.  I no longer tan commercial. I have a medium size taxidermy studio of over 5000 sq ft. We still do some in house tanning and send most of it out.  All in house tanning is sulphuric acid pickle or alum pickle followed by liqua-tan. This produces the highest quality in house tan in my opinion.

Just like taxiedermy, tanning will never have an industry standard.
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Duthill Tanners

« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2008, 10:49:21 PM »

I am your simple home tanner and I have never checked the PH on any of the 7 hides I have done over the last 9 years, I am only your hobby tanner, from what I am reading I may just be lucky but I haven't had a hair problem with any of them.

I salt it
I flesh it
I salt it again
I use water & vinegar pickle 2:1 ratio
24 hrs later rinsed well
Neutralize with 1 cup baking soda to 5 gallons water 20 mins
Rinse and mix Lutan F to tan
I go by the book, deer 13-15 hrs etc
Rinse, dry and stretch

This is a great hobby, good work for all that make a living this way.


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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2008, 07:07:23 AM »

Treetops there is a second part to your rule of thumb....20-30 minutes in the solution.

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