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Discussion in 'Tanning' started by whitebuffalo, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. whitebuffalo

    whitebuffalo Theres no graduation day in the outdoors

    I have a four horn ram and its just full of crud.. Leaves, dirt, blood, you name it,, I don't think I could comb it but I thought about preasure washing ,,Sound good or is there a better way,,J
     
  2. When I tan the wool sheep I flesh and salt like always but when I rehydrate i rinse very well. Then I Degrease and dry tan so I can dry the wool, tumble in VERY fine sawdust and groom then cage the snot out of it (2-3 hours) and they will come clean.
     

  3. Bobbym1232

    Bobbym1232 New Member

    Pressure washing it will cut the hair on the hide. You never want to pressure wash the hair side of any hide. I tried it for fun once, it doesn't work! ;)
     
  4. These Jacobs are always like that. They have to have the matting pulled apart to break up the wool tangles. It will only get worse the more you agitate it in the solutions. Best thing to do is follow your tan recipe and dry it out after oiling. Then begin the hand grooming once the corium has tightened back down in the drying. This will help retain wool. You are going to comb out a LOT of dead wool that never got sheared. Don't worry about that. After you get it reasonably clean, you can wet it back for mounting and finish the grooming after it dries on the form.
     
  5. whitebuffalo

    whitebuffalo Theres no graduation day in the outdoors

    Thnaks fellas,,J
     
  6. msbraintan

    msbraintan New Member

    My pressure washer works especially beautifully on sheepskins. I wouldn't ever do a sheepskin or a goatskin again without one. The turbo nozzles are the trick.. I was amazed to see my machine untangling the mats on a coyote furs right in front of my eyes..very cool. I powerwashed the fur of 21 coyotes after fleshing them with my 2400 psi washer last winter..they work like a charm. I like using the washer so much on the skins that I bought larger machine with a belt drive.. had to. ;D I had the seals coming out of the 'unprofessional' model from using it so much. Works for ME.
     
  7. msbraintan

    msbraintan New Member

    Aw gee thanks.. I thought that was you..almost wrote you earlier to ask. I been off my meds and tannin' with Viagra! ;D
     
  8. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Bobby, you're using the wrong nozzle on your pressure washer. I ALWAYS pressure wash sheep. It cleans them as well as untangles the matted wool. Then cover them with a cheap hair conditioner and pressure wash them again and you couldn't ask for anything better.
     
  9. msbraintan

    msbraintan New Member

    No shit? Dang George.. ya pullin' legs here or what?? I believe this is the first I read of you actually finding the damnable washers useful with some skin. Hmmn. I always thought you were pretty dang smart.. now I'm even more convinced I was right there. hmmn. About the sheepskins and you, of course, G. Sweet, always cool to feel a little daing validation. Course it could just be my latest tanning ingredient.. LOLLLLL. omg.. you guys slay me.
     
  10. Rush

    Rush New Member

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    I always pressure wash my hides, buffalo, cow, sheep, but not the hallow hair because, like said before , it breaks the hairs. It also tell's me if the hide was put up right, hair will slip, and make's rehydrating go faster,just my two cent's worth could be wrong.
     
  11. Bobbym1232

    Bobbym1232 New Member

    George, what tip are you using to do this? I was using the yellow tip on mine at 2700psi, but it was on a pronghorn hide. I knew it would probably break the hairs, but it was just a scrap peice and I thought I'd try it out.
     
  12. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Yep, it was the pronghorn, definitely. Those hairs a super brittle and they don't really wash out very well anyway once blood stained. Rush is correct in the animals to use it on and those are the ones I stick to as well.
     
  13. Send them to a commercial tannery.