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My coon hides are still greasy after degreasing and tanning. Do I backup?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by man2hit, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. man2hit

    man2hit New Member

    I'm tanning some coon hides to hang on a nail in my shop. I'm using Krowtan and Krowoil to do the job. Now that I have tanned them and am into the stretching phase, I notice there is still some grease in the hides. My hands are noticeably greasy after I stretch them. I degreased for about 3 hours using tannery degreaser prior to tanning though. My question is will these hides be fine as they dry or do I need to back up and re-degrease them?
  2. man2hit

    man2hit New Member


  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Two solutions:

    1.Rewash the hides in a strong SOAP to break down the grease and wash it out. Detergents work to a lesser degree than soaps.

    2. Now this is the should have been done already but if you haven't, put them in a tumbler with corncob grit and tumble them for 30-40 minutes. This absorbs the oils you've added to the tan and removes it.
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  4. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    You sure it aint the Krowoil that your feeling?
  5. man2hit

    man2hit New Member

    Thank you George....

    I'm sure it's not the Krowoil. I did a fox and coyote in this same batch of hides and they both have turned out beautifully! Very nicely! They are very white and soft while the coons are still greasy and very dark colored.
  6. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    I degrease my coons for days, even change the pickle with fresh degreaser after it gets loaded with fat. Three hours is just not enough time to break down the fat in the skin.
  7. I soak in mineral spirits, sometimes for several days.
  8. Coleman lantern fuel or white gas cuts the grease .
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  9. stuffenstuff

    stuffenstuff Active Member

    Coons can be greaser then fox and coyote, Are you sure you did a good job removing all the fat? assuming you have......degreasers will help remove grease on the skin but not in the skin... I wire wheel fatty critters with a soft wire wheel on a 1/2 hp motor, this is after hand fleshing to remove and break up any left over grease I may have missed, then a quick layer of 50% -50% salt / borax to absorb the inner fats,rinse in Dawn dish soap then clear water and you should feel the skin squeak clean, tannery degreaser from (Rineheart" McKenzie) Is a real good degreaser !
    moonshine likes this.
  10. Will85

    Will85 New Member

    After you wash the tanned coon hide to get the missed grease spots out, do you re-apply the tanning oil? I pickle all my hides and am never quite sure when I can wash them with soap and water. I spray them off with water, skin and flesh, pickle 3 days (with degreaser), neutralize, tan and break the hides.
  11. Will85

    Will85 New Member

    If anyone can answer my question above, it would be greatly appreciated.
  12. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Coons need a separate degreasing step, just adding a little degreaser to the pickle isn't enough for greasy trash pandas.
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  13. Will85

    Will85 New Member

    3 bears, ha ha I like the "greasy panda" nickname. This morning I placed the coon in water with some degreaser and dish soap. I scrubbed the grease spots with a course "brillo pad" like sanding block, rinsed it off in cold water and hung to dry. Do I need to re-tan?
  14. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    I don't think you can wash a tan out.
  15. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    With all my greasy animals that I do, i make sure to get absolutely everything off the hide. Personally i do this before the hide goes into the pickle. I use EZ tan, so after the days in the pickle, i take them out and put them in a seperate degreaser solution of Kemsol. Leave them in for an hour or so stirring periodically. Next is probably overkill, but i do it anyway. I then rinse them, put them in another solution of Epo Blood Out and Degreaser. Leave in for an hour, then take out rinse, and back in the pickle, and then proceed with tanning. I realize its overkill but I can't stand greasy hides, and this recipie definetly does the trick. Provided the hide is cleaned really well to begin with.
  16. Dr. Hillbilly

    Dr. Hillbilly New Member

    white gas or what is know as aviation fuel. I go to my local airport and get avgas! let it soak 24 hrs . works awesome!
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  17. Paw Paw

    Paw Paw New Member

    How then is the Gassy smell removed from the hide?
  18. Paw Paw

    Paw Paw New Member

    How is the gassy smell removed from the hide?
  19. Paw Paw

    Paw Paw New Member

    will this make the hide slip? hair fall out?
  20. Westcoast

    Westcoast Well-Known Member

    Gassy smell would be removed through evaporation. I don’t believe bacteria that would cause slippage can survive in mineral spirits.
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