need help fast on tanning opossum

Submitted by stanley on 3/21/05 at 2:57 PM. ( )

Ok I have two opossum that are defrosteing so that I can skin them but I dont have the forms yet should I dry preserve them and then freeze them or as soon as I skin them should I freeze them and when should I tumble them I would get the and skin them but I dont wont to buy a form if I make a mistake on the hide. HELP!

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Bite the bullet

This response submitted by B2 on 3/21/05 at 3:29 PM. ( )

Bite the bullet and order the form.

If you took the measurements, use them to order the form. you could feasibly (if the sizes were good)have the hides ready for mounting once the mannikins arrive. sooner or later, you will need to order the form.


not helpfull

This response submitted by stanley on 3/21/05 at 3:57 PM. ( )

even if I do it wont get here for a week and the opossum are defrosting now I need to know how is the best way to preserve them do I DP then freeze or freeze then DP.thnaks for trying.


This response submitted by robert on 3/21/05 at 4:05 PM. ( )

why don't you salt the hides they will keep for a long time salted. Then do a do it yourself tan with one of the kits out there


This response submitted by stan on 3/21/05 at 4:36 PM. ( )


Stan, I gotta ask

This response submitted by George on 3/21/05 at 6:21 PM. ( )

Why did you thaw them if you knew this was happening? As for the DP, stay away from it if you're even thinking of tanning the animals. And never DP an animal that's not ready to go on the form. Dry Preservative is borax, alum, and talc. It dries and shrinks the hide within hours of application. Don't be mixing apples with oranges or you'll have serious problems.


This response submitted by Becky P on 3/21/05 at 7:22 PM. ( )

right before you mount it. If you dp it before you freeze it, it will shrink while in the freezer. Dp is the last step before mounting. BP

thanks for all the help

This response submitted by stanley on 3/21/05 at 8:08 PM. ( )

I have decided to use krowtan 2000.

great stuff

This response submitted by riley on 3/21/05 at 10:01 PM. ( )

george will love ya

You guys

This response submitted by George on 3/22/05 at 9:05 AM. ( )

I really don't CARE who uses it. My only gripe past my personal opinions of alum was how DUMB the users seem to be and their inability to read the directions on the container. Lots of people think I'm dumb for relying on a paint on tan without pickling.

which one

This response submitted by rily on 3/22/05 at 11:35 AM. ( )

which paint on tan do you prefer and can shave the hide after tanning?
just curious

I use John Rineharts Tanning Solution

This response submitted by George on 3/22/05 at 1:09 PM. ( )

And I ALWAYS final shave after it's tanned.


This response submitted by George on 3/22/05 at 1:10 PM. ( )

That's TOUCH-UP shaving. I shave the hide pretty well during the fleshing procedures, but many times, the neck and muzzle still need a little dressing down. I prefer to do that right before mounting.

Brush on tan

This response submitted by Troy on 3/28/05 at 7:40 AM. ( )

I have only mounted 4 deer now and I us Mckinzie liquid tan.What do yall think about it.

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