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Do you wash your capes before salting?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by John L, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. John L

    John L Active Member

    I haven't in the past but did it on the last two I fleshed. Seems to help and keep my pickle cleaner. Do you see any problems with this?
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I don't. I do wash it after the rehydration bath with Kemal-4.

  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I pressure wash to flesh. After doing the skin side, I invert and hit the hair side. It's unbelievable at the amount of blood, sweat, dirt, and ticks that are knocked off immediately. I believe it can't hurt to wash. Besides the obvious foreign material, there are loads of bacteria that get swept away in the process.
  4. nemo

    nemo Active Member

    I wash all my capes before pickle, and have for several years. I pressure wash 2 to 3 capes back to back, rinse off major blood and dirt, wash in Tide for several minutes, rinse clean, drain and squeeze for several minutes, towel dry inside and out of capes for several minutes, put in tumbler for 35 minutes, start on more capes while others are becoming moisture free in tumbler, pull out of tumbler and brush off sawdust and grit before fleshing face on nice clean capes, salt overnight and in pickle following morning. I use commercial totes from Lowe's and add acid as needed on future capes. I usually do approximately 8 capes before changing pickle. Hope this helps, works extremely well for my small operation. I believe in a dry clean cape
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    By washing after the rehydration bath, my goal is to have a clean pickle.
  6. swb

    swb Member

    That sounds like a great way all around. Im in Wisconsin so the pressure washing is tough to pull off at times due to the cold. When you tumble the capes , are they hair or skin side out?
  7. nemo

    nemo Active Member

    Hair side out. I tumble approximately 35 minutes. These are southern deer with lesser coats. I feel to the touch, a slick cool feel that don't get my hands wet.