Removing salt from cape

Submitted by TOM on 11/25/99. ( )

My question is after I neutrlize the cape to raise the ph ,how many times should I rinse the cape on each side to be sure enough salt has been removed from the cape to prevent any problems for the mount . This is for a whitetail cape with a short incision.

Thank you

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Just rinse it well!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 11/27/99. ( )

After neutralizing - rinse the cape well (or wash it) in clear water. Actually a lot of the Salt from the pickle will go into solution while its neutralizing, so after the neutralizing, you're really interested in rinsing away the neutralizing agent (like Baking Soda) so it doesnt affect the ph of the tanning solution. A good idea while its neutralizing, is to plunge it up and down several times to flex it and draw out the salt. After tanning - and before oiling, once again rinse the cape, then drain and oil it. You should have a very minimal salt residual.

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