relaxing 20 year old tanned skins

Submitted by Rob on 12/28/99. ( )

I have old african skins that were tanned commercially about 20 years
ago. when I soak them there's not much stretch and they're brittle
Anyone have any suggestions on relaxing them

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Relax R

This response submitted by Mark on 12/28/99. ( knoblochs )

You can use some Relax R that Knoblochs makes, which is a wetting agent. On a tanned skin you can use 1 to 2 oz to five gallons of water.(This may take a while since they are old) If you still have a hard time then you can mix some Relax R at a ratio of 50/50 with water then paint it on to the flesh, let it sit for a while approx 1 hr then place into solution. Let us know if you have any further questions. These skins are old and dry thats why they are brittle, what were they tanned with ? They may even come apart on you, but you won't know till you try. Mark

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