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Rehydrate

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by hoytarcher, Jan 3, 2022.

  1. hoytarcher

    hoytarcher Member

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    Looking for help on this topic. I seem to have a terrible time getting trapper dried fur to rehydrate. I am running 1lb of salt per gallon of water. It seems like the hides never get back to the hydrated state that I get from straight fleshed fur. I have tried to use the shaving wheel on it and it is like I am shaving a piece of cardboard. What is the secret?

    I have heard of guys using Alum in the rehydrate to plump the hide. Does this work and what would be the measurements for using it?
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Ok air dried skins can be a pain to hydrate so here’s a few ways that work.
    Products like enzol B is great on these skins
    Many other companies sell products that aid in the hydration process.
    Hydrate in plain water then the use of power washer will help in pushing water in.
    Adding salt to your hydration process will only slow it down. Now saying this salt is fine to use as it keeps bacteria at bay and it’s safe but it may take up to two days of soaking to hydrate the cape.
     

  3. hoytarcher

    hoytarcher Member

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    Thank you!!!!
     
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