Tanning Help

Submitted by Joe on 03/18/2004 at 15:16. ( whitey1908@hotmail.com )

Hello to all, I have been tanning leather hides with alum recently and they have been coming out real soft, The only problem is I want suede and the grain side is real shiny when the tan is done, is there any way that I can remove the grain so that I have a suede hide instead if an upholstery looking piece, I also have some upholstery hide pieces that I would like to take the shinness of off. thanks so much to all for your help. Joe

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This response submitted by joe on 03/18/2004 at 15:39. ( )

if im right,try sand paper

Joe is right!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 03/19/2004 at 00:49. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

Joe is right - once dry, try sanding off the grain side using a Drum Sander (called a Buffer)! It should produce a nice suede to where the grain was.

pad sander also

This response submitted by john w. on 03/19/2004 at 11:45. ( )

Joe a regular pad sander will also work.

pumice stone works too

This response submitted by buckskincindy on 03/20/2004 at 00:21. ( cbalsinger@stairwaysbh.org )

I like pumice stone the best. you can buy a brick of it for a couple dollars in a hardware store by the grill department. they use them to scrub grills. i usually cut the brick into 2 or 3 pieces. Good luck, Cindy


This response submitted by Joe on 03/21/2004 at 20:31. ( )

Thank you so much for your help, much appreciated. Joe

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