I pickle my hides. I'm wondering if the neutralization process is necessary. I've been having problems with acid shock to the hides.( where the fur "burns" causing a curl that can't be combed or corrected) due to the chemical reaction from the acid meeting the base ( ateast that's what I was told..... ) Please..... By all means correct me if I am wrong. I've been following the directions washing hides and using proper dose of soda but still am experiencing the problem. Is it necessary to neutralize? Any tips to fix the hair? Glue holds it down but when combed out it bounces back...... Any tricks?????