EZ-100 and salt?

Submitted by Chuck B. on 7/19/01. ( wcbrandenburg@cs.com )

The directions that came with my EZ-100 didn't mention anything about using salt in the tanning solution. I have a whitetail cape that I just finnished tanning in a solution without salt, will this cape be O.K.? What is the purpose for the salt if for something other than to keep bacteria down? I followed the directions to a "T" otherwise. Thanks for any light you can shed on this subject to me.

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Did you correct the PH?

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 7/19/01. ( rittel@ici.net )

If you corrected the PH reading to read a 4.0 - you may be OK! Otherwise, without the Salt in it, you risk acid swelling at a lower PH level. The Salt does 2 things - it protects an acidic skin from swelling while tanning, and also slightly raises the PH so that very little adjustment is usually necessary.

For general purposes - Salt is always included in a tanning formula as protection. For EZ-100 I'd use 3-4 ozs. per 1 Lb. of wet skin weight. Or - 6 Ozs. per each 1 gallon of tanning solution. You may have been OK this time - but the next time around - I'd advise including it. I don't like taking chances!

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