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Salt/flesh/tan Vs Flesh/salt/tan Vs Flesh/tan?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by teentsymammals, May 5, 2019.

  1. teentsymammals

    teentsymammals New Member

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    I have simply skinned, fleshed and tanned small mammals. Now I'm working on a big, fatty skunk. I've seen differing directions on how to tan, some of which include a salting step.

    Some say to salt and let the hide dry and then put it in the tanning solution. I assume you'd flesh first, but I'm not sure. Others don't mention salting.

    When and why is it a good idea to salt? This would be for smaller hides up to a raccoon.

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Salting draws out the untanable junk and sets the hair, as well as limits bacteria growth. The steps are flesh, salt, dry, rehydrate, pickle, shave/thin, back in pickle, neutralize, tan. Depending on what tan you use the last two steps may be swapped, from what I understand.
     

  3. Fallenscale

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    With the skunk and coon (me) I would be sure to degrease. You have to flesh off all fat before salting the salt needs to get to the hide to pull the natural fluids as 3bears said.
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Yep good point I forgot that step. about the only thing I don't have a seperate degreasing step is deer but I add it to my pickle for them.
     
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  5. teentsymammals

    teentsymammals New Member

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    thanks for the answers. One more: what does the degreasing step consist of? and @Fallenscale, what do you add to the pickle?
     
  6. teentsymammals

    teentsymammals New Member

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    Also, I have never neutralized. What do you use?
     
  7. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Active Member

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    The degreaser you can find at Mckenzie relaxer/degreaser many kind and things can be used. Dawn works well but not quite good enough for racoon and greasy hide animals.
    Neutralize with baking soda
     
  8. teentsymammals

    teentsymammals New Member

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    :)
     
  9. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    With pro 1 submersible tan you have no salting , flesh cold water rinse blood out , squeeze excess water out put in pickle ( safety acid ) for 3 days take out let drip squeezing excess out , flesh on wheel back in pickle for 2 days , take out squeeze excess pickle out , then use pro 1 brush on tan .DONE neutralize , mount or freeze . NO SALT except in pickle
     
  10. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Pro 1 does advise doing a salt brine
    Plus 3bears said it.
    It’s a useful aid in taxidermy .
     
  11. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Yes salt in pickle solution but No salting before that . From raw fleshed cape/ hide rinse and straight into pickle , no salting and rehydration needed , I’ve done over 750 or so pcs like that. Very white pliable leather it’s awesome.