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ACID ROT ?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by 11th hour, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. 11th hour

    11th hour Member

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    I recently had an experience with a dry tanned fox. Don't know how old the tan was and not 100% sure where it was tanned. But after receiving it I submerged in a mild brine solution (1/4 LB salt per gallon of H2O) and within 10 - 15 min. it started falling apart like a wet paper towel. Never had this happen to me before. Just wondering if this is acid rot? Or some insight to what could have caused it.

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  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Sure sounds like it. This is one reason I don't like to deal with dry tanned skins from any sellers or clients unless I know them and I do know how long it's been dry tanned.
    One of the reasons is after time a tanned hide looses oils and it's elasticity. This is one reason. Another is the hide was not neutralized properly.