Bruce Rittel; Greasy bear question!

Submitted by Eric on 10/30/05 at 7:55 AM. ( ejazwinski@yahoo.com ) 4.155.105.139

I have a small bear skin I "tanned" with Krowtann. I degreased before tanning with Kemsol. Apparently I didn't degrease good enough. The skin feels greasy.
I read in the archives that one can use Super Solvent on alum treated skins. Is that correct?
Should I do that or will it wash the tan out. The other method I read about was the "dry-clean" with sawdust and mineral spirits. Which do you think is the best choice?
Thank you so much in advance.
Eric Jazwinski

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Dry Clean it!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 10/30/05 at 10:01 AM. ( rittel@mindspring.com ) 207.69.139.156

At this point - to be safe - dry clean it! If you dont have a Drum - use sawdust in a black plastic garbage bag. add a little solvent to it - bounce it around - then put in the skin and bounce it for about 5-10 minutes - then blow it off.

For a solvent you can use anything like Odorless mineral spirits, or even lacquer thinner. Just make the sawdust damp - not soggy. And do it outdoors.


Thanks Bruce!

This response submitted by Eric on 10/30/05 at 3:30 PM. ( ) 4.155.102.87

Sharing your knowledge on here is wonderful. I very much appreciate it and I'm sure many others do as well.
God Bless, Eric


Bruce Rittle on Brush on Tan

This response submitted by Jim on 10/31/05 at 3:50 PM. ( showcasetaxiderm@aol.com ) 207.200.116.71

Bruce Rittle: I used a brush on tan, And after mounting I'm getting hair loss. In large patches. They were pickle and that's ok. But the tan not good. At this point can I clean off the brush on and do them in EZ tan Jim


For Jim!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 11/2/05 at 11:11 PM. ( rittel@mindspring.com ) 207.69.137.34

I hate to be the bearer of bad news - but the outcome of this doesnt look good. Paint on tans are always a combination of a Tanning Agent and an Oil. It's the Oil that may cause you a problem.

Considering you already have slippage - you would have to first degrease it and then repickle, neutralize and retan it in the EZ-100. The degreasing to remove the bulk of the oil may cause more slippage.

I'd only recommend doing the retan if its your last resort. Obviously the outcome may be disappointing - simply because more slippage may take place.


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