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Steps Before Tanning?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Catscratch1, Jan 18, 2022.

  1. Catscratch1

    Catscratch1 New Member

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    I'm very new here so go easy on me.

    I have a bobcat I want to tan. Have ordered Trubond's 1000b Wallhanger kit. It didn't come with instructions.

    Here's the situation; I skinned the cat, wrapped in paper, put in a plastic bag and froze. I did not flesh, salt, or dry.

    Can I thaw it in a pickle solution, flesh, soak in the pickle, neutralize, then tan? Or do I need to go about it differently?

    It seems you can come up with just about anything you want on the internet, which is why I'm confused on what I "should" do with this thing. A list of steps would be great!

    Thanks!
     
  2. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    Check Truebond .com. for instrutions on your product
     
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  3. Catscratch1

    Catscratch1 New Member

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    The site says to flesh, salt, dry, rehydrate, pickle, tan. Guess I was looking for a shortcut to skip the salting and drying steps. Just didn't know if those steps were actually needed.
    Thanks for the reply!
     
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  4. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    the salt pulls out a lot of fluids.I tanned a couple of deer hides one year without salting,and they came out fine.
     
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  5. Catscratch1

    Catscratch1 New Member

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    Did you go from green hides to tanning, or were they stretched and dried?
     
  6. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    Green /no salting but put threw pickle before tanning.
     
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  7. Catscratch1

    Catscratch1 New Member

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    Thanks for the input. Depending on my mood I might try to pickle the green hide... or go ahead and salt/dry it. It's good to know that I'm not crazy thinking that I could do it without salting/drying. It's not a great pelt and it's my first try at tanning, so other than spending money on chemical I'm in for the experience. I would like to someday have a wall hanger for every species that a trap on our place.
     
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  8. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    What I don’t understand is when the manufacturer of a product explains to you the proper steps on using their products that the person tanning wants a quicker way of doing it. Why are you folks in such a rush in tanning? There are reasons why we follow steps. Salting pulls a lot of nontanable fluids from a hide, puts bacteria to sleep, aids in setting hair.
    Now can you throw it right into a pickle? Yes but the pickle actually doesn’t do what salting does. You will actually get better swell with a salt dried cape, shaving is easier and you get a better skin.
    Yes I do throw certain skins right into a pickle but doing this over 20 plus yrs I know what’s going to happen by doing this and I have reasons for it and they’ll sit in a pickle over a month before I do any shaving or degreasing on them.
    Folks learning this trade should always follow the manufacturer directions. There done this way so you don’t fail in the process.
    We even had a manufacturer say just throw it in a pickle. Many listened to him and followed his directions well after many of us talking about salting decided to change his method to now say do a salt brine prior to the pickle. Why did he change his way is because the proof shows salting does a lot of good to a skin.
     
  9. Catscratch1

    Catscratch1 New Member

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    I asked because per the manufacture's instructions it says; "Remove the skin to be tanned from the carcass of the animal, ASAP, and freeze, OR prepare for salting.". When I read that I was confused on if you still have to salt or if it's a step you can skip. So... I went on a online search and found lots of conflicting information. I came here hoping people of experience would tell me the right way to do it, and maybe explain why to do it that way.
     
  10. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Proper method for any skin is this.
    Skin, spilt, flesh, salt overnight so the fluids can drain off. Next day, shake off, salt and hang to dry.
    Then in just plain water you can hydrate the skin which can take 4-24 hours depending on thickness and age of dried skin. Once hydrated, I’ll rinse and place in a pickle pH 1.5-2 stir twice a day once in the morning then end of work day. The next morning recheck the pH making sure it didn’t rise and if it did ( it’s normal) readjust the pH . Leave in solution for 3 days minimum.
    Then you take out, drain, shave, degrease then back in pickle overnight. Next day, drain, neutralize in a solution of 1 oz of sodium bicarbonate, 4 oz of salt to a gallon of water. Follow manufacturer procedures on how long to neutralize as many different tans require 20-60 minutes. Drain and now your ready to tan. Again follow the manufacturer directions.
    Hopefully this will aid you in getting the best tan for what your doing
     
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  11. Catscratch1

    Catscratch1 New Member

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    Thank you so much for this post. I just saved it to a word document for future references. Easy peasy instructions that clarifies several things for me. Thanks again!
     
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