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40 volume peroxide

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Horn hunter, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Horn hunter

    Horn hunter New Member

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    I just soaked my elk in 40 volume peroxide for 12 hrs and it came out the same color it went in? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Jason O

    Jason O Active Member

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    for 1 40 volume is not strong stuff and 2nd it probably needs degreasing ,.you might give a senario of what was done prior to this step
     

  3. marshtaxi

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    Put it in for another twelve and see if that helps. What is the temp. Where you are doing this?
     
  4. Horn hunter

    Horn hunter New Member

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    I degreased for 4 weeks between 115 and 120 degrees. I'm looking to get a bright white.
     
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Might not be fully degreased. Take it out and let it dry for several days. Take a good look at it in a good light. Areas of grease are going to have a different color and many times a translucent appearance almost like bacon grease on a brown paper bag. If it was degreased for 4 weeks .. what did you use as a degreaser? Try longer and keep the temp around 120 24/7.
     
  6. Horn hunter

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    I used clear dawn about one cup per 5 gallons.
     
  7. Is your peroxide full strength? Peroxide will loose its strength for several reasons. If it is exposed to light, it looses strength fairly quickly. It should always be stored in a dark container and kept covered when you are using it to whiten your skulls. I bought 5 gallons a few months ago from a chemical company that brought it out in a clear container, I had to show them on the MSDS sheet where it stated that it must be kept in an opaque container or it turns to water. I suspect this is more of a problem then most guys realize.