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Trubond Tan vs AutoTanner

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by jd gray, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. jd gray

    jd gray New Member

    I'm thinking of either trying the trubond tanning method or buying a auto-tanner from Dan Rinehart and using his system. I'm currently pickling my deer capes with Safety Acid and tanning using Mckenzie tan. I've had mostly good results but theres been a few shrinkage issues. i usually tan atleast 25deer capes a season. Would it be worth it to try the trubond or would the tanner pay for itself? Any suggestions would be very helpful.
  2. At 25 deer capes a year, monetarily it is going to take a couple years to recoup the cost for a pressure tanner. But the pressure tanner saves a lot of time, is simple and convenient. The only one that can put a price on that is you. For me the time savings and convenience is worth a lot.

  3. My opinion only. Go with the TruBond. I did 2 years ago and have been very happy with the results.
  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

    Unless you are doing 40 + deer a year, you do not need an auto tanner. A waste of money unless you have good production. They are not needed to do a good tan.
  5. Justin P.

    Justin P. New Member

    sent you a pm
  6. jd gray

    jd gray New Member

    thanks everybody for the advice. can anybody tell me the difference in the different trubond tans and which would be the best for game heads and smaller lifesize mounts?
  7. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    B is for rugs the other is made for mounting.
  8. hounddoggy

    hounddoggy Member

    i would be so bold as to say nothing comes close to trubond ive tried all of the big name brands and after trubond i felt other brands were made to tan baseball gloves try it once you wont ever go back also you can rinse with cool water before you mount no degrease required like some brush ons
  9. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    Try the trubond, if not satisfied just ship the rest to me i will gladly take it. I started useing it last year and love the stuff. The hides have great stretch, look alot like wet white seude leather and have a nice wet leather smell. Shrinkage is also almost non exsistant as long as you thin properly. If you use bruch on tans and havent tried it, you owe it to yourself. Go ahead and just get a gallon you wont be dissipointed.
  10. I have been using the trubond brush-on tan after running the capes in the pressure tanner. Basicly using the tanner to pickle the capes and applying trubond after , It works very well , very little shrinkage! I'm currently developing a non pressurized tanner that works the same as the pressure tanner , I'll let you know how it works out in a couple weeks so far so good! Here's a picture of the prototype in use

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  11. Very nice tazzymoto. Do you have any fins or pegs in the plastic drum?
  12. The drum has a flat top and hand holds that help turn the cape, Plus this machince can run at 1 rpm to 10 rpm so no twisting and it can be used as a tanner and a tubler as well