scientifically speaking. Here is a good one for you pros. I have a basic understanding of tans but how does dp do it?
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somewhat bugproof it.
i knew that was the basic idea but i thought it would do more than that. If all it does is dry out the hide can't you just use salt and a fan? Aren't there bad proteins that need to be broken down? And replaced?
AND... ignore the attacks that will follow this post from the dinosuar taxidermists!
First off salt is hygroscopic.
Go to www.hidetanning.net and scroll down to Understanding The Lack Of Stretch In A Tanned Hide, click on.
I have provided a couple of links to the Protein Data Bank on that page, along with a few microphotographs, and explanantions. All the information on that page is going to revolve around collagen, the supporting structure of skin, and doesn't even start to cover epidermis/epitheal/hypodermis layers. Those articles will just START to give you a better foundation from which to build from if you are truly serious in the questions you ask. If I remember right, linking, in terms of stabilization, is covered somewhat on the PDB data base. That would be ONE of the principles involved in the effectiveness of a DP, with DP being an awfully wide brush with which to paint. Which compound or compounds would you be calling DP? Are you looking at it from the stand point of a dessicant, or a link, or both? Or are you looking for, or at anti-oxidants?
See where I'm coming from? If you're looking for simple one or two sentence answers, they aren't there.