I recently purchased a tanned doe cape at a show and in some spots on the neck and brisket the hair is wildly out of control, my question is should I rehydrate this cape and will this help. I know about the hair gel and screening the hair down but I'm wondering if they are my only option. Thanks Bill
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Was this hide wet or dry tanned?
If it's a dry tan then rehydrate it. You have to do this if your going to mount it. Then check the hair. If it curls then you can use hair gel.
I don't know? How can I tell if it's one or the other?
LOL--if it's wet then its wet-tanned /if it's dry, then it's dry tanned.
OK, I know it could be dry either way.
I THINK(but I'm not positive)---
A dry tanned cape is generally a commercially tanned cape---like you'd get for a rug. the skin will be dry, but soft and flexible---like a leather jacket or fur coat.
a wet-tanned skin doesn't go through the "breaking process"
I am right about this aren't I guys?
if I'm wrong, I'm sure I'll hear about it soon.