I am about to tan my Javelina hide for mounting. I did what everyone says to do "Use the orange search button" and now im even more confused. My question is - Do I follow the instructions that Van Dykes sent with my kit or do I need to wiegh my hide and add Lutan F according to the weight? I found both answers by searching. Some people say to weigh it and others say to follow the directions. The directions that came in the kit appear to be printed from Van Dykes. Any suggestions?
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Weigh the hide and go with what it says according to the weight. I found that to be the most accurate way to use Lutan-F.
But thats why Im confused...the directions dont say anything about the weight. So you think I should take it out of the pickle, wash it, degrease it, neatalize it and then weigh it wet. What would the directions be if I went with the weight method? The directions from the kit only has how much Lutan F and Salt to add per gallon of water.
This is the forumla I use, per 1gal.of water, 2oz. Lutan-F, 6 to 8oz. salt. leave skins in this for 16 to 18 hours. PH 4.0
Here's what I do. weight it after the last shaving before it goes back in the pickle. It's hide weight that counts.
I used to weigh my deer capes to figure this out. Now I just use the Van Dyke's directions. It amounts to using more Lutan-F per gallon, but it is a whole lot easier than trying to get all the moisture out of a cape, then weigh it, and then use a formula that you can make a mistake on. Just my opinion...