TANNING PRODUCTS AND OLD HIDES

Submitted by PASCHALL on 1/7/06 at 12:36 AM. ( raindragonlyn@yahoo.com ) 71.193.132.30

I AM ALWAYS SEEING SO MANY PRODUCTS OUT THERE THAT CLAIM TO BE EASY AND MESS FREE, BUT I CANT TELL WHAT ONES ARE THE BEST. I WANT SOMTHING THAT IS SURE FIRE AND NOT JUST A HUGE MESS. I USED CURITAN AND FOUND IT TO BE HORIBBLY MESSY. I AM GOING TO TRY LIQUATAN TO SEE HOW THAT DOES. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A GOOD ALL AROUND TAN, (ESPECIALLY FOR MOUNTING GAME?
ALSO, I HAVE TWO OLD HIDES THAT HAVE BECOME BRITTLE AND TEAR EASY. THERE ARE PATCHES WHERE THE FLESH HAS BECOME HARD LIKE POTATO CHIPS. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REVERSE THIS OR EVEN STOP IT ENTIRELY?

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tans are like opinions and !@#holes

This response submitted by John W. on 1/7/06 at 1:07 PM. ( ) 12.215.63.237

Paschall,there are many good tans out there,there is no one perfect tan.You have to try the various tans out there and see which one you like and stick with it.My favorite is Liqua-tan,but I also use Lutan-f and ez-100.The second part of your question,theres not much that can be done with those old hides,it sounds like they were tanned with Alum,check out the search button on the left of the screen about alum tanning.


TANS AND OLD HIDES

This response submitted by PASCHALL on 1/7/06 at 1:23 PM. ( ) 71.193.132.30

THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE. I WAS PLANNING TO TRY THE LIQUA TAN ON A BOBCAT. DO YOU THINK THAT IS AN APPROPRIATE TAN FOR THAT TYPE OF HIDE?


TANS AND OLD HIDES

This response submitted by PASCHALL on 1/7/06 at 1:23 PM. ( ) 71.193.132.30

THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE. I WAS PLANNING TO TRY THE LIQUA TAN ON A BOBCAT. DO YOU THINK THAT IS AN APPROPRIATE TAN FOR THAT TYPE OF HIDE?


it will work

This response submitted by John W. on 1/7/06 at 1:32 PM. ( ) 12.215.63.237

It'll work on your bobcat.


Some C&P-some me

This response submitted by oldshaver on 1/7/06 at 6:01 PM. ( ) 68.221.1.180

Leathers, being hygroscopic (readily absorb and retain moisture), are capable of being damaged by moisture loss and absorption. Control of the environment in which a leather artifact is being stored or displayed is essential. At a relative humidity (RH) level of 35% or below, leather becomes desiccated and can crack when handled. At RHs of 70% or above, mold growth can occur; molds will break down the very structure of leather as they grow and feed off the proteins in the leather and on the fatty acids in dressings. Additionally, absorption of excessive moisture can promote hydrolysis of the protein chains that form the collagen fibrils, resulting in shrinkage and the ultimate embrittlement of the object. (Hydrolysis is the decomposition of a chemical compound or structure by reaction with water.) Therefore, a range of 35% to 70% RH is optimal. Monitoring and maintaining stable humidity levels is essential for promoting long-term preservation of leather artifacts. Another words, tanning with alum for Taxidermy purposes, should be no problem. PH's above 6 are have a big effect on a skins longevity. Even something as simple as too much salt in a skin can cause ill effects down the road. Sulphuric acid pickles, now theres a real enemy of skin preservation. Heat, light, atomspheric gasses,poor tanning oils, and many other things can cause skin damage. The place I work for, has been using a syn-tan for quite a while now, but I am firmly convinced, alum has been wrongly used as a catch-all for poor tanning practices.


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