safety acid Question

Submitted by chuck on 1/23/01. ( )

This is my first time using safety acid I have always used citric acid in the past. My Question is should I neutralize the hides before tanning them. The reason I ask is I have talked to a couple of people that don't neutralize because their ph goes to high and they slip. I am not certain if they are using safety acid or formic acid for sure. After they tan the hides they rise them off. I have always neutralized with citric before and had no problems but like I said this is my first time using safety acid.
Thank you for the help.

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Neutralize all acids....

This response submitted by will on 1/23/01. ( )

prior to tanning. I think that's one of the tanning necessities regardless of the type of acid used. If your pH is adjusted properly during the pickle it must be raised to 4.0-4.5 prior to tanning or you get a "barrier tan". The outside edges will tan but the middle doesn't.

I use formic followed by neutralize, then Lutan-F. I haven't used Saftee-Acid so I'm not 100% positive this uses the same procedure, so get a 2nd opinion from one of the tanning gurus here.

Good luck,


Safetee Acid

This response submitted by Dave at VanDyke's Taxidermy Supply Co. on 1/23/01. ( )

Will is correct,
You will need to neutrilise the safetee acid,
One ounce of Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Sodo) Per every onr gallon of water.I always add a bactericide to this solution.
Neutrilise for 20 min. and rinse with cold water.
Safetee Acid is a safe alternative to many of the harsh and enviormently unsafe acids out there, and is a product that we highly recomend!
If you have any further questions about the use of this product, Call me at (1-800)843-3320 ext 105 or e-mail me at this address.

Have a good day,
Dave> VanDyke's Taxidermy Supply Co.


This response submitted by John W. on 1/23/01. ( )

Chuck, ditto on what Dave said. L.O.L.

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