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Rehydrating question

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by bow-cephus, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. bow-cephus

    bow-cephus New Member

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    What do you guys consider a long time for a deer cape to relax in a rehydration saltwater bath, after it was salted dried and stored.
     
  2. why salt water?
     

  3. bow-cephus

    bow-cephus New Member

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    I learned to rehydrate salted capes in salt water and am using trubond tanning products which suggest to use 1/4 pound of salt per gallon of water.
     
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Too much salt will impede penetration of the water. Your cape should have all the salt you need already dried to it.

    To answer your question, I usually let it sit in the water with Kemal 4 added to it for 3 to 5 hours.
     
  5. muscle20

    muscle20 New Member

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    Hydrate 3 to 5 hours in cold water, no need to add salt, its just that easy!
     
  6. muscle20

    muscle20 New Member

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    Also agitate often speeds up hydration.
     
  7. bow-cephus

    bow-cephus New Member

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the help.
     
  8. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Salt water, a weak solution of 1/4 cup per 5 gallons water, because it helps extract the non-tannable proteins.
    I re-hydrate until the hide is near as pliable as it was when fresh.

    More on re-hydration...

     
  9. just use very warm water and dawn soap.