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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:29 am 
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I recently tanned a couple smaller/less prime beaver from last year. Seemed to go pretty good. Now that they are dry and i'm brushing them out, there seems to be a good amount of oil and grease. I think most is from the oil i used. I have rubbed saw dust on them pretty good but still seems to be oily.

Can i wash them in soap and water and dry or does someone have a better solution?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:19 pm 
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depends on what tanning method you used. and/or whether you degreased and shaved hide before tanning


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:00 pm 
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i used the orange bottle Trappers Tanning Solution.

I ended up washing the hide really good in dishsoap and water and tossed it in the dryer on the lowest temp setting i had which is basically just moving the air around. took a couple hours to get it dry again and then to be safe i rubbed a thin coating of the solution on the skin side. Not sure i needed to but figured it couldn't hurt.

It came out much nicer then i even expected!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:47 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:18 pm 
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not to be a prick but that is not a fully tanned beaver that will last. that tan is not washable and hide wasnt pickled or thined. i assume .?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:59 pm 
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Just because the orange bottle says tanning on it doesnt mean it a tan. That stuff is merely a hide preserver at best.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:41 pm 
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jbd wrote:
not to be a prick but that is not a fully tanned beaver that will last. that tan is not washable and hide wasnt pickled or thined. i assume .?


naw all good.

I salted the hides twice for a total of 48hrs, then pickled in salt water (1/2lbs per gal) for 8hrs, let dry until no longer dripping wet, and applied a good amount of the tanning solution. I worked it in really good with my hands. I did use a wire wheel on my grinder for a bit but i feel like it wasn't really "thinning" the hide that well.

Goal is just a wall hanger. Not looking to make clothing. I wanted to try the "orange bottle" but next time will try what Greg recommended!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:42 pm 
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Rasorbackq wrote:
Just because the orange bottle says tanning on it doesnt mean it a tan. That stuff is merely a hide preserver at best.


Goal was to have a wall hanger, so i'm not too concerned with longevity of the product for the most part. In fact i made rugs out of them for my kids.


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