This is the first time Ive used lutan f. I used saftee acid for the pickel at 1.5 2.0 ph. The Instructions dosent say anything about a ph level in the lutan f solution. I just read one of the ads 'checking tan'you say the ph should be 4.0. I checked the ph in the tan solution with my ph paper and it didnt change color and I just took a deer cape out thionking it was taned. Am I missing somthing here what should I do? Did I reck this cape? Does lutan only come in a powder form? thanks for any help
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To help you out here....Your Lutan-F"s PH level should run correctly at 3.5-4.0 and a quality Litmus ph. tester should give you a good reading.
As long as you follow the instructions closely....you should remain good.For each one lb. of skin weight, add 1 oz of LUTAN-F and with every one gallon water, add one lb. non-iodinized salt.
If you're doing a deer cape, you should allow it to remain in the tanning solution for 16-18 hours, elk or moose 36 hours and coyotes and the such allow to stay in the tanning solution for 16-18 hours.
If you're pickling with SAFETEE ACID, mix 1/2 fluid oz=41/2 teaspoons Safetee acid per igal. of water and 1# of non-iodinized salt per every 1 gal. of water.It is no longer recomended that you add any bactericide to it as it will alter the ph. levels. run it at 1.5 and allow your hides to soak in it for at least 3 days befor you start your fleshing.
To dispose of the lutan, add baking soda to the solution to raise the ph level to 6.5 and dump it. dont throw it down the drain if you have a septic system as it will kill off the needed bactericide.
If you need any more assistance with this...give me a call at (1-800) 843-3320 or feel free to e-mail me at my address that is provided!
Have a good day.....Dave at Van Dyke's
Dave gave excellent advice on using Lutan F(N). But - check the forums here too! There was a question on 12/03/00 entitled "Checking Tan" that was similiar. Also the "search" feature that WASCO provides is very helpful too! You might want to explore other references to using Lutan F. I might add - that it seems your Ph paper has drawn moisture and is no longer useful. Buy a new one. And - Lutan F (N) only comes in a powdered form.