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Submitted by Eric Davis on 1/8/02. ( )

I searched the archives, found a post relative to my question, posted a reply, and the thread did not come to the current date. Is it a software issue that this happened or did I do something wrong?

Anyway, I copied the thread (short). My question is at the bottom. Sorry.

How vital is the pickle bath?
Submitted by Tony on 7/20/99. ( )

I am just starting out and planning to try liqua-tan. I noticed
in the WASCO catalog the instructions say you can do it either
way(with or without the pickle bath, that is). I just wondered
if not doing the pickle bath will cause problems down the road.


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This response submitted by MARK on 7/20/99. ( )

Hi tony

LIQUA TAN is a very versitle product that will work fine
either way, if you do choose to do a acid pickle you just
need to neutralize the skin to 4.5 to 5.0 before applying
the LIQUA TAN out of the pickle. Other than that I have
rehydrated skins that have been tanned for at least 10 years
and they rehydrated just fine without any shrinkage, or
any other problems. Once you tan the skin with LIQUA TAN
the next day you can apply some TANNING OIL #1 or LIQUA SOFT.
If you choose to let the skin dry all the way until you
plan on mounting it is another method. If you would like
a technical book on the product get me your address and
I will be glad to send you one.
Thanks Mark


Red Fox and Salt
This response submitted by Eric Davis on 1/8/02. ( )
I noticed on the label (directions) that a "quick" tan can be accomplished by skipping the salting process.

I have a red fox to mount. I would like to flesh (most of the time my first flesh is my final flesh - I like to spend the time on round one in order to reduce fleshing time after re-hydration), wash, damp dry, tan (3 hrs seems adequate in relation to an 8 hr deer cape), and mount (same day or next). Oh yeah, Liqua-Tan is my method at this date.

I fully understand salting and its benefits but it seems that the thickness (thinness in this case) of a fox skin could allow the salting and drying to be skipped.

Maybe some of the Dry Preservative fans could chip in on the discussion.

Please advise.

Love the forum,
Eric Davis

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Replying to Archives...

This response submitted by Ken Edwards on 1/8/02. ( )


If you reply to an archive post, it will not update the "last modified" date in the archive menus. The only active menus in the Forums are the current month's menus. This is done in order to keep your experience on the Forums less frustrating, speedy, and to make the pages and menus load quickly. Also, if you post a reply in the Archives, chances are that no one will ever see it, at least not for a while, because nobody reads the archives (LOL, Geo).

If you want an answer to a question, the best way is to start a new thread by submitting a new message (as you have done here with your copy-and-paste).

Now, hopefully, someone else will hop in and answer your question.

Use the Pickle

This response submitted by Bill M on 1/8/02. ( )

I've never had a problem with any of the quick tans when I/ve used a formic acid pickle. Years ago when I first tried them, ocassionally I would have some problems in the brisket area of capes when I skipped the pickle and only used salt.

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