EZ 100 problems

Submitted by Myrna on 12/11/05 at 8:13 PM. ( )

I tanned a couple of antelope skins with EZ 100 last year.They wouldn't soften completly,came up with hard spots in both.Two questions.Can that be reversed in any way?and,what might have gone wrong? I think I did all the steps right,though looking over the forum,the tanning temps might have been too cold.I am no expert by any means.

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Surface tanned

This response submitted by John on 12/11/05 at 8:16 PM. ( )

It sounds like surface tan to me. If you cut into the hard spots do you see a brown line under the skin. You may not have gotten all the membrane off.

Low Temps slow it down!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 12/12/05 at 12:19 AM. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

Two things about EZ-100. If you place an acidic skin 3.5 or below into the tanning solution - it immediately bonds to the surface and prevents further penetration. That's a surface tan.

If you put a skin in the tanning solution that is 4.5-5.0 - this ideal. However if its much higher - say a 5.5 to 6.0 or more the bonding slows down and when you take it out the tan may not be complete. Some spots will be "boardy".

As for temps - it's always best to tan at 60-80 degrees. Lower temps will also slow down the bonding. And below 55 degrees - you will get an incomplete tan. Even at 55-60 you get mixed results.


This response submitted by Ed Babneau on 12/12/05 at 4:14 AM. ( mountianed@earthlink.net )

Myrna, LISTEN to Bruce, He invented the EZ-100 recipie! Great guy w/ a wealth of information!


This response submitted by Myrna on 12/12/05 at 11:46 AM. ( )

Thank you so much for the help.I liked the basic results (ie,the places where it tanned right)but was very discouraged by the other.Maybe I can get one right,now.

Oh yeah.....I almost forgot

This response submitted by Myrna on 12/12/05 at 12:07 PM. ( )

is there any way to recover the skins that I did now?One other thing about them was that the grain peeled off.

Is this leather or hair-on tanning?

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 12/12/05 at 4:53 PM. ( rittel @mindspring.com )

Hi! Are you tanning leather or hair on? Also I need to know if when you refer to the "grain" - do you mean the surface below the epidermis or something else?

You can also e-mail me at: Rittel@mindspring.com

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