liquatan process

Submitted by Chad Gerlach on 1/22/1999. ( kuskokid@hotmail.com )

What's the process for using liquatan?

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McKenzie catalog

This response submitted by Travis on 1/22/1999. ( )

If ya have a McKenzie catalog go to page 209...


Or WASCO Catalog

This response submitted by Ken Edwards on 1/23/1999. ( ken@taxidermy.net )

Or see page 196 of the WASCO catalog.


But I bet you don't have either of these catalogs, do you Chad? So here is the procedure straight from Knobloch's (the manufacturer of Liqua-Tan). Hope this helps.

Step 1: The animal should be skinned as soon as possible after death. Remove as much flesh and membrane as possible from the skin. Turn the lips, nostrils and ears on capes. Work quickly, so you do not leave the skin in a raw state any longer than necessary.

Step 2: Salt the flesh side of the skin with a fine grain non-iodized salt. Use plenty of salt to cover all of the skin. Never use rock salt or reuse old salt.

Step 3: After 24 hours, shake off the old salt and re-salt with new salt for another 24 hours. If the dry salting step is to be eliminated, the fresh or frozen skin may be placed in a brine solution consisting of 1/8 oz. Basacryl NB-KU and three pounds of salt per gallon of water.

Step 4: For dry salted skins, mix two pounds of salt to each gallon of water. (Salt is easier to mix in hot water, but be sure and let it cool off completely before immersing any skins.)

Step 5: Place the dry salted skin in the above solution for at least three hours or until completely rehydrated. Do not leave the skin in the solution any longer than necessary.

Step 6: Remove the skin, drain, and shave the skin as thin as possible with a rotary fleshing machine or a currier's knife.

Step 7: If the skin is from a greasy specimen, such as bear, beaver, coyote, raccoon, etc., degrease the skin with Kemsol Degreaser or a solvent degreaser such as Polytranspar Degreaser. Soak the skins in degreaser for two hours and drain well. After degreasing, wash the skin with Kemal-4 or Skin Prep to remove any greasy residue left in the skin or hair.

Step 8: After the skin is completely shaved and degreased, rinse out the salt with several clear water rinses. The first rinse should be clear lukewarm water. The second rinse should include Basacryl NB-KU to kill any bacteria present. Damp dry the skin with towels until most of the moisture is removed from the hair and the skin is in a damp-dry state.

Step 9: Lay the skin out flesh side up and apply an even layer of Liqua-Tan. Use a paint brush or work it in by hand (wear rubber gloves). Liqua-Tan works best if warmed slightly and applied at room temperature. After several hours, work in the excess Liqua-Tan still remaining on the skin (Note: The skin can be mounted immediately after the Liqua-Tan has soaked in for at least 8 hours. Overnight is preferred. When using this method it is especially important that all salt is rinsed out in Step 8.)

Step 10: Hang the skin up where all areas are exposed to air circulation. Periodically stretch the skin to make sure it dries evenly. Let the skin dry for at least five days before rehydrating.


Step 11: To rehydrate the skin after tanning, soak in plain water with a small amount of Basacryl NB-KU added. Soak for up to two hours depending upon the thickness of the skin. Drain, roll up and cover with a damp towel until the skin is completely rehydrated. Resoak for another half hour if necessary. The skin is now ready for sweating and mounting.

Step 12: For soft tanning (flat skins or rugs), Liqua-Soft oil is recommended.


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