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Best Oil For Softening Hides?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Unearthed Remains, Mar 15, 2023.

  1. I recently got in a tanned newborn goat. Seller sold it to me cheap because it's a 2 year old tan and they did not stretch/oil the hide well enough. So it is pretty stiff. The hide passed the rehydration test, but now I need to work on getting this hide stretched and obtaining measurements so I can mount it.

    I am just wondering what the best, most affordable oil would be for this?

    Or do you think I would be better off skipping oiling. Just rehydrate the hide, stretch it, get measurements, and freeze it until I get back to it.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    No I would reoil and me personally I like tru-bond 2000 for this Jmo

  3. Thank you very much! Are the instructions for it like any other oil?
  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    There’s information on the site and I think on the product as well
    It’s easy , warm it up, apply, fold overnight, open and as it’s 85% dry start pulling or breaking the fibers.
  5. Just got around to ordering that oil. The tan is 2 years old and it's gonna be a few more months until I can get around to finishing it. I don't want the hide to become unmountable. Do you think it is safe to freeze the hide after stretching? Would that preserve the tan?
  6. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Is it hydrated? If not it needs to be rehydrated and then yes you can freeze it till the oil comes in.
    Not knowing what tan is used add 4 oz of salt to a gallon of water and a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to aid in not getting acid swell but you may still have issues
  7. You have been a lot of help. Thank you so much.
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