I have been using a pressure tanner with good results. usually leaving the capes in overnight 12-15hrs, then shaving them down and last applying my oil. I usually purchased my crystals through McKenzie company, however they stopped carrying them. I know the chemicals can be purchased seperately and mixed yourself reducing my cost, but not sure of the formula? any help on this and where I might purchase these chemicals would be of great help. Thanks Kevin.
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1-800-542-9489. That's "Taxidermy Arts Supply" They have all you need. Mark S. "HAPP"
It is not exspensive to buy the chemicals from Steve. Why fuss with it. You're only talking cents per care, NOT $$$$$$$$$$. Happ
Kevin, Happ is right. buy right from
Kevin, Happ is right. buy right from Steve. Minimal price difference.
I've been using my own alum in my autotanner since day one(I've had my tanner for 4 or 5 years).
I'm on the west coast, so shipping large amounts was cost prohibitive so I talked to Bruce Rittel and worked up a formula that has done the job!
FIRST BUY A BAUME HYDROMETER FROM Rittel's!
In order to get the proper solution you need to be able to check it after mixing- an alum solution should measure 7.8 on the baume scale!
I buy alum at a nursery supply, you can also buy it at a company that sells water softening chemicals; get aluminum sulphate or ammonium alumunum sulphate- do not get aluminum sulphate hydrate(it will ruin your skins!)
For my solution I mix 8 oz Alum, 10 oz of salt and a tablespoon of soda ash to every 5 qts of water; start with 4qts of water and check the specific gravity of the solution with the baume hydrometer!
If the reading is too high add water a qt at a time and re-check.
If the reading is too low add more alum, one ounce at a time until you get the correct solution.
Get a good scale, I found an old doctors baby scale at a local thrift store- it's a balance beam type, the best there is for this sort of thing($20.00)
Mix enough solution to float the skins; I usually do 2x for one deer cape, adjust amount to cover skins-MAINTAIN THE RATIOS YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED!
Every time I open a new bag of alum, I test the solution again; you are buying "technical grade" and there will be some difference in strength between manufacturers- even between bags from the same manufacturer.
Thank you all for your responses, sounds easy enough, and should be bck up and running in no time..