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Salt questions

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Andrew M, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. So I'm wondering what causes this look on my salted hides?? its not mold or anything like that right? Also, I'm concerned that the salt I'm using is not fine enough to use for tanning. I've included a pic of the salt with a quarter for comparison and the two hides with the funny salt thing on it.
     

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  2. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    It's quite normal, efflorescence.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/effloresce

    http://www.delawarequarries.com/cleaners/efflorescence.html

    Your cape is in no danger and your salt is fine enough.
     

  3. thanks cyclone! my hides still dry out, they just seem to take a lot longer to with this salt rather then using fine salt.
     
  4. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Powdery fine salt is most definitely going to penetrate and act faster than the more coarse salt pictured. I don't care for the powdery type because it turns into a messy goo the first salting...The granular pictured has always worked well for me.
     
  5. Thank you cyclone. You answered my questions perfectly!!


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