leather swell after tan

Submitted by GW on 12/1/04 at 4:25 PM. ( )

I have been noticing recently that after shaving "to the blue" I am experiencing some thickening in the leather after it comes out of the tanning bath. Does anyone have any suggestions or reasons as to why this may be occurring?

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Change of color?

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 12/1/04 at 11:45 PM. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

As the tanning agent bonds to the fibers - you can expect a slight change of color. This is considered normal. In fact, depending on what you use for your tanning agent - it may have some "filling" qualities that would defiitely whiten out the skin and even add some slight thickness to it. What you describe (without seeing it) sounds very normal.

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