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Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by killitandfillit, Apr 1, 2023.

  1. killitandfillit

    killitandfillit Member

    I know this sounds simple but I usually have all my hides tanned commercial. But I got a bobcat I tried to use the mckenzie tan with. Everything went good with the tanning and the hide looks nice. The problem is that when I rubbed the oil on the hide I got kinda of crazy with it. And the hair got alot of oil on it.
    Will it hurt anything If I were to wash the hide with dawn and rinse it out.
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Not if it’s fully tanned correctly, you will be fine . If not it will start slipping

  3. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    I have used dawn to wash a few hides and have heard of others using it as well.

    I more recently tried Pert plus on a coyote hide.
    It worked fine and has a much lower pH than Dawn.

    If I recall, dawn was like 8.5 and Pert was about 4.
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have heard of, well, I actually did this once, that you put a small amount of degreaser into your tumbling medium and tumble the hide in it. I did it on a deer cape and it worked well. But, you have to have a tumbler.
  5. killitandfillit

    killitandfillit Member

    Thanks for you responses.
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    wash that hide with pert plus and it will clean up fine, I do it with all hides I tan in house and some of commercial hides, depending how clean they come back from tannery.
    Richs Taxidermy likes this.