rehydrating a tanned hide how to?

Submitted by jamie on 2/18/05 at 12:30 AM. ( )

Is it all wright to use kemal 4 and bacteriacide in your rehydration bath after it has been tanned (home tanned with McKenzie tan)

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My instructor

This response submitted by deer4ager on 2/18/05 at 6:11 AM. ( )

Im in a taxidermy class, He says he just puts his in plain ol water.

don't let it dry

This response submitted by mark on 2/18/05 at 6:34 AM. ( )

if you home tanned it you could have thrown it in the freezer untill you mounted it then you wouldn't need to rehydrate. put it in a bucket of water for 10 min or so take out and let drain untill it stopps dripping and put in plastic bag. let sit in fridge over night and your ready to mount. thats my 2 cents.

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This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 2/18/05 at 2:36 PM. ( )


This method is called the Universal method because it works on almost every tanned skin or cape safely. It takes the guesswork out of properly relaxing a skin or cape before mounting, but more importantly, it also prevents acid swelling. Bacteriacide is not needed for this method.

1. Soak the tanned skin or cape for 30 minutes in a mild salt solution using:
To every 1 Gallon of Water used, add a
Handful of Salt (4 Ozs. by weight).
2. Remove the skin or cape from the solution soaking wet, and place it in a plastic garbage bag. Use a tie to twist it shut, and then refrigerate it overnight. Do not freeze.
3. The next day, remove the skin or cape, and prep it before mounting.

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