I left a couple of whitetail capes in my ez-100 solution for about 48 hours when I removed them they have shrunken substantially. Is this from leaving them in the solution over 24 hours or did I do something else wrong? How can I get them stretched back to size?
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EZ-100 is considered a "fast tanning agent". We highly recommend only soaking them in the tanning solution for 16-20 hours. And NEVER over 24 hours.
Over 24 hours allows the tan to begin cross-linking, or in other words - during the first 24 hours the tan bonds to the fibers - but after 24 hours and depletion from your solution - the tan begins to also form cross-links to adjacent tanned sites too!
While your skin or cape will appear tanned, even soft - it will also be much like a handkerchief! It wont have any stretch and if you try to distort or stretch it - it will have memory and try to return to its original shape. This is undesirable for Taxidermy work.
Is it ok to use night crawler water as a substitute?(LOL) Jeff F.
just take the worms out first. LOL