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5 Gallon Tan Vs 10 Gallon Tan

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Jordan Park, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. Jordan Park

    Jordan Park Active Member

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    Hey guys! I use the ez tan method with the safety acid pickle and from what I can tell, I always have a tanned hide at the end of it.

    I use to use 5 gallons to tan a deer cape, but decided to switch to 10 gallons because I feel better with the cape in more solution.

    My question is, how many ounces of tan will a deer cape need in order to tan?
    Because in the 5 gallon solution I have 5oz of ez tan. And in 10 gallon solution I have 10oz of ez tan.

    Am I wasting tan by making a 10 gallon solution for 1 deer cape?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

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    I know it recommends tanning by wieght not by the volume of water. You may want to reread the instructions.
     

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  4. Jordan Park

    Jordan Park Active Member

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    Hey Fallenscale, I’ve never gotten instruction when I’ve bought it.
    I follow Amy Carter’s instructions she posted on her a few years ago. And I follow the directions on their based on water volume.
     
  5. Fallenscale

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    I posted them above hope its helps
     
  6. Jordan Park

    Jordan Park Active Member

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    Thanks for those instructions. Same ones I follow for the based on water formula.

    I was just wondering about it because even 3 gallons will submerge the cape, but does the cape actually need more than 3 oz of tan based on that formula?
    That’s why I asked how many ounces of tan is actually needed to tan a cape.
     
  7. Jordan Park

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    Actually I just read the drained weight instructions and it answers my question right there lol.
    Thanks again for posting that!
     
  8. Fallenscale

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    I'm not qualified to answer that but I think if you kept it stirred you'd be fine
     
  9. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    The only advantage I could see in using ten gallons vs. five gallons is the skin will be less crowded and easier to agitate. I think that would be overkill on one deer cape and more costly. I use the water volume method and have never had an issue with it.
     
  10. Wildcat Furs

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    Biggest thing I have noticed using the drained weight method is the lack of room the capes have for overall coverage so I usually go with water volume, but either way, the amount of tan needed is correct and there will always be waste using volume method over the drained weight. I lean towards the side of caution and ensure the capes are not overcrowded.