Using Tech-BondTM on Wet-Dry Tans

Submitted by Don Meyers on 02/17/2004. ( Don@tech-bond.net ) 65.24.235.144

Instruction Sheet for doing Wet and Dry Tans using the Tech-Bond˘ Molecular Bonding System

Dry Tans

The procedure for repairing dry tans is as follows;
I. Align the two sides of the tear as closely as possible to
each other to begin the process
a. If repairing a hole, cut the football before aligning the
two sides.
b. If the tear is long, inserting pins along the length of the
tear to hold the sides together may be helpful.
c. Flatten the two sides keeping them close together using the
glue squeegee.
II. Run a bead of Tech-Bond˘ Black (Thicker Viscosity) Bonding
Agent along the seam of the tear. If the tear is long, do a
section at a time.
III.Force the Bonding Agent into the hide by using the glue squeegee.
IV. Spray with area with the Tech-Bond˘ Activator.
V. Apply a second bead of Bonding Agent along the seam again.
a. Use the glue squeegee to rub the Bonding Agent into the hide
a second time.
b. This application will often create a sheen; however that
sheen will be flexible, not brittle. Flexibleness is
required when working with hides.
c. Spray the Activator yet again on the seam.

At this point the tear is repaired and mounting can begin. Soaking the hide for stretching will not damage the repair. If you want to test the repair by pulling both sides with maximum force, please wait five minutes.

Wet Tans

With the extensive variety of salts, oils and chemicals used in Wet Tans by taxidermists, tanneries and tanners, adjustments may have to be made to the bonding process. As with Dry Tans the two sides of the tear must be aligned, as follows;

I. Align the two sides of the tear as closely as possible to each
other.
a. If repairing a hole, cut the football before aligning the
sides.
b. Insert pins along the length of a long tear to hold the sides
together.
II. Use the glue squeegee to remove excess moisture from the hide by
rubbing the squeegee up and down along the tear. You are
flattening the sides at the same time you are removing excess
moisture from the area to be repaired.
III. Run a bead of Tech Bond Black along the seam.
a. Rub the Bonding Agent into the hide using the glue squeegee.
i. It is critical that the hide become ýtackyţ with this
application.
ii. When the hide is tacky, you can press the two sides of
the tear together with your fingers and the sides will
stick to each other.
iii.If the two sides do not adhere to each other after this
first application, run another bead of Bonding Agent
along the seam to generate the tackiness.
iv. When the two sides of the hide adhere to each other, the
seam will sometimes disappear.
b. When you have joined the two sides together for the complete
length of the tear, run one bead of the Bonding Agent along
the complete length of the tear. Do NOT spray the Activator
on the join before applying this second bead of Bonding Agent.
c. Spray the join with the Activator.
IV. Apply a third bead of Bonding Agent along the seam.
a. Use the glue squeegee to rub the Bonding Agent into the
hide.
b. This application will often create some white residue;
however that residue will not interfere with the join.
c. Spray the Activator yet again on the seam.

At this point the tear is repaired and mounting can begin. If you want to test the repair by pulling both sides with maximum force, please wait five minutes.

Please note. If you are trying to put cape with a 19 inch neck on a 21 in form, Tech-BondTM is not going to work. Also, Tech-BondTM has worked on the wet-dry tans that I've tested it on. Tech-BondTM may not work on all wet-dry tans depending on the Chemicals used. Tech-BondTM does come with an unconditional money back guarantee.

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Question

This response submitted by Mike on 02/18/2004. ( ) 66.2.148.124

What will happen to the glue in say 10 years? Has it been tested for longevity? Some glues break down over time and therefore would not be good for taxidermy where mounts are suposed to last a lifetime.


Mike

This response submitted by Todd B on 02/18/2004 at 17:19. ( ) 64.157.16.58

I am not Don but I would hope the glue would last years and years. But what does it really matter on a reapir where the animal is mounted? Obviously you will be using hide paste to mount the thing and that will hold the skin in place. So if you use a good hide paste it would not be an issue.


Todd B


Longevity

This response submitted by Don Meyers on 02/23/2004 at 18:26. ( ) 65.24.235.144

Tech-BondTM is a monomer which means the bonding agent forms a molecular bond with the materials being bonded. Longevity is much greater with a monomer than a glue or epoxy, so failures, if at all, will be rare.


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