degreasing a bear

Submitted by big jim on 04/02/2004 at 22:22. ( DJHeavner@msn.com ) 65.142.136.242

i recently home tanned a bear with the new McKenzie tan and put it the freezer waiting on my form,when i take the skin out of the freezer to rehydrate to mount is it alright to wash and use degreaser again. i used tannery degreaser in the pickle but want to make sure.thanks for any info

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I'm not following you

This response submitted by George on 04/02/2004 at 23:11. ( georoof@aol.com ) 64.12.116.130

What are you talking about rehydrating. If you used the McKenzie tan, after 5 hours, you were supposed to wash it off, towel it dry and then freeze it. If you did that, you have a wet tan awaiting your form and simply by thawing it out, it will be ready to mount. If you degreased it during the pickle, neutralized it as required, tanned it, and then washed it, there really isn't much purpose served by degreasing it again. If it wasn't properly fleshed initially, nothings changed there either.


degreasing bear

This response submitted by big jim on 04/03/2004 at 12:51. ( ) 65.137.141.191

should have said thawed but didnt,every thing was done as said but just wanted to know if it would hurt to wash again-- thanks


bear degreasing

This response submitted by eric on 04/03/2004 at 13:57. ( beartrapman@webtv.net ) 216.114.124.121

there is a good chance of ruining the bear hide if you degrease at this point.
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also

This response submitted by Bill Yox on 04/04/2004 at 21:39. ( ) 209.130.220.145

Theres no need to wash it after applying the tan. Just tumble. You couldnt tan it properly or effectively if it was not degreased. Hope it turns out great for you!


bear degreasing

This response submitted by big jim on 04/05/2004 at 20:51. ( ) 65.137.140.166

appreciate all answers good and bad ---thanks


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