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Wet tan

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Whitetailfreak84, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Whitetailfreak84

    Whitetailfreak84 New Member

    I wanted to know how many times you can thaw an refreeze a deer cape that has already been wet tanned?
    Thanks AJ
  2. Steve Rotramel

    Steve Rotramel We got some radical rebels in this county!

    Depends on a lot of factors. In a perfect world with a perfect tan you could do that several times with no issues.

    What can happen though with even a well tanned cape is that the epidermis and the hair follicles can begin to get pulpy and mushy. Mushy and pulpy are always bad.

    Hydrolysis happens when the skin is wet and thawed. Always bad.

    In addition, ice crystals cut. Freezing a hide after tanning will actually make it easier to break and soften after it has been dried, in part because of the micro cuts made by the ice crystals. That's good to a point. Over doing it is bad.

    So best advice: it's not going to fall apart after the 1st, 2nd, or maybe even 3rd time if it has a decent tan. Any more than that gets you to the gray area of heightened risk.