1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

Battery Acid Tanning Help

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by john micheal clutter, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    guys, can someone help me out......i'm a trapper that plans to home tan a BUNCH of fur this year,,,,market being horrible.....I plan on making a blanket ut of raccoon. what would the ratio of salt+battery acid+ water would I need, to get a ph of around 1.5-2? ive used the orange stuff in a bottle,,,,,,but for the amount of fur I intend to tan......that could get pretty costly........battery acid would prob be a cheaper alternative. any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    The orange bottled stuff is garbage.
    Get a taxidermy supply catalog and order a tanning kit and the Breakthrough tanning manual. Much better than using battery acid.
     
    Johnnyclyde likes this.

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Pro 1 safety acid , order straight from Pro 1
     
    Johnnyclyde and George like this.
  4. Johnnyclyde

    Johnnyclyde New Member

    22
    16
    Tangle wood and 13Pt are right and if you are trying to buy locally you would be better off using something more safer like vinegar or citric acid which you can buy at any store that sells canning or baking goods
     
    Keith and Tanglewood Taxidermy like this.
  5. Monte

    Monte Missouri fur-Limited hair-tanning

    Here is your answer use 1/2 pound or 8 ounces of salt and 1/2 ounce by weight of battery acid or sulfuric acid you will end up with a pH of 1.2 and this is very desirable for properly charging the Hide for tanning and cleaning out the unwanted‘s
     
  6. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    ty monte......deeply appreciate your reply....and this rcipie is per gallon of water??

    and would I need to make up a neutralizing solution?
     
  7. Don't forget to degrease well..neutralizing could take place in the tanning solution if you use a aldehyde formula.
     
  8. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    DON'T put all the years harvest in one batch, if just starting out. Why tan, for what. Garments, wall hangers, taxidermy. How you going to break or finish the hides. Check your Fur takers Reg, in some states it could make you a Fur Dealer or Taxidermist selling or tanning your own hides PA has some "Different" regs then most states.
     
  9. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    i'm gonna try to make a few things for personal use......I want to make a blanket,,,,,,,but i'm gonna try something small first,,,like making a pillow. as far as breaking.....I've made up a breaking stake out of 1X8.............that's were the work will be.......a stiff hide will do me no good.
     
  10. Monte

    Monte Missouri fur-Limited hair-tanning

    Yes per gallon of water you will neutralize but that depends on what your tanning material is if you will let me know what the tanning material is then I will tell you how to proceed but do not neutralize until after you have tanned
     
  11. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    monte, i'm gonna use the battery acid on primarily raccoon.....as I can catch them in abundance......when I say i'm a hardcore trapper......I tell you this truthfully....lol. although I don't intend to tan 100s of skins this year......i'll prob stay around 30-40. end of the line.jpg
     
    rogerswildlife likes this.
  12. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    You can take picks, measure, skin (FOR TAXIDERMY) and dry or freeze. Sell them on this sight.
     
  13. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    jake, I think I can only legally sell to a liscened fur buyer
     
  14. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    If you are going to do that many skins, don't mess with the battery acid and get safer acid from a taxidermy supply. You are going to need a tanning oil anyway.
     
  15. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If I was going to make a rug, I would have them professionally tanned. That is just my opinion because to make them as soft as I would want it, they would have to be a quality tan and a ton of work breaking them. When I was younger, I would go for it, but as I have gotten older, I prefer to pay for convince.
     
  16. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    no way could I afford to have that many tanned professionaly........I plan on working 2-3 skins at a time until I get what I need..........I can easilt sit and listen to the radio every night while breaking skins...............I enjoy working with fur........I even like fleshing and putting up my fur....lol. glutton for punishment I guess.
     
    3bears and Tanglewood Taxidermy like this.
  17. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    jake, while doing some research.....I found out I CAN sell on here legally according to my state laws. what kind of stuff do folks usually need here?
     
  18. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    Odd stuff like all black racoons, Coyotes that are reds, pales and Blacks. Clean unsented skunks, Badgers, foxes and bobcats. You need to have GOOD measurements, the ones used in taxidermy so you know you can get a form for it. Pics of the hide and any damage, and skinned for taxidermy not cased, I would let the buyer skin the feet and head. I would ship then raw, frozen. A lot of hides sell on EBay under taxidermy vary fast.
     
    john micheal clutter likes this.
  19. The state of Alaska put out a receipt for garment tan and used aldehyde as the tanning agent. Breaks easily and is washable. Put out for new homesteaders.
     
  20. john micheal clutter

    john micheal clutter New Member

    9
    3
    interesting.....