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Reply #15 - Apr 9th, 2011 at 5:07pm
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Hey, thought I'd post these pics of my first tanning attempt, thanks to this post.








I've taken my time, and still not sure I've done it 100%, but it looks good to me Wink. It is only about 3/4 of the hide, as I originally skinned out the Tahr to have it mounted. It also meant that I had to sew the skin back together, up the back, and then cut it up the front legs and brisket. I think it looks great. 3rd pic is original owner.
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Reply #16 - May 30th, 2011 at 11:52am
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i have just phoned 3 auto electricians and 2 battery outfits here in auckland - all refused to sell to me as its now used to make P

i believe the alum as suggested from garden shops to be much easier - going to try a red skin tonight
  

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Reply #17 - May 30th, 2011 at 6:43pm
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have just had a look through the workshop aand found some hydrochloric acid, about 2 litres that some guys left begind a few years ago when cleaning some  natural stonework.

i will certainly try googling, but doees anyone know if this can be used to the same effect as the alum or battery acids referred too
  

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Reply #18 - May 31st, 2011 at 1:04pm
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Aunty wrote on May 30th, 2011 at 6:43pm:
have just had a look through the workshop aand found some hydrochloric acid, about 2 litres that some guys left begind a few years ago when cleaning some  natural stonework.

i will certainly try googling, but doees anyone know if this can be used to the same effect as the alum or battery acids referred too

I dont see why not Aunty. Just remember.. if your diluting strong acids, always add the acid to the water and not the water to the acid.
  

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Reply #19 - May 31st, 2011 at 1:08pm
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i had a look at the hydrocholic last night and it says it 33% pure

most recipes state that the first pickle must be below a PH level of 2, so i guess its justa case of mixing water and salt then adding the acid till it reaches lower correct PH level
  

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Reply #20 - May 31st, 2011 at 3:09pm
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Just as a point of interest Auntie what chemicals are now banned. Im too lazy to read the lot. I wonder as it is not that long ago qwhen I purchased a liter of Hydrocholic acid and nitric acid for making a blueing mixture. Hydrocholric is also called spirit of salts.

Ok I decided not to be a lazy prick and read it, battery acid.
  
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Reply #21 - May 31st, 2011 at 4:10pm
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i wouldnt have a clue bro, but obviously the sulphuric acid is what the P heads are after.

doesnt seem to matter what the chemicall is that is used to drop the PH, so long as its dropped to around a level of 2ph.

  

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Reply #22 - Jun 1st, 2011 at 7:46am
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Some years back Ive tanned a few skins with alum, its also called potash i think. Results were a bit variable, mainly I needed to soften the skins more they seemed to come out pretty hard, have done red deer, tahr, chamois skins.
Used to buy the alum the chemist.
  
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Reply #23 - Oct 23rd, 2011 at 8:00pm
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how did you get on with the spirit of salts aunty? I have wasted some great skins (a fallow spiker, soft chocolate hide) not knowing how to do this. Won't happen again.
Skin it, scrape it, washing machine, soak in acid mix -2PH, washing machine, stretch and dry, oil ...?
  
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Reply #24 - Oct 30th, 2011 at 3:33pm
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ive been using this recipe with great success over the last few months. so far I've tanned two goats and two fallow and they've all come out mint  Wink. at the moment I've got a goat, two rabbits and a cow hide brewing away plus a red stag and another goat to do. my mate saw my room last night and told me it looked like a grave yard  Cheesy
  

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Reply #25 - Oct 31st, 2011 at 2:26pm
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Aunty wrote on May 30th, 2011 at 11:52am:
i have just phoned 3 auto electricians and 2 battery outfits here in auckland - all refused to sell to me as its now used to make P


i just want to two places in south auckland and got some acid free ....(next time aunty go in and flash some panty's you mite do better) so i now have some possums skins in the brine and will let you know how it go's .
  
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Reply #26 - Nov 7th, 2011 at 4:29pm
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I'm having the same issues as Aunty. Can anyone help in finding some battery acid. I'm not a P head I promise.  Wink
  
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Reply #27 - Nov 8th, 2011 at 10:07am
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I work for stone masons and they have gallons of the stuff. Bricky suppliers will have it also- we use it to acid wash the walls down once it's finished- takes all the white lime streaks off etc. "spirit of salts" it's now called.
  
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Reply #28 - Nov 12th, 2011 at 6:16am
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ok so i have pulled the possum skin's out and have dried them but the skin is still very oily. how do i get rid of the oil or what did i do wrong.
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Reply #29 - Nov 12th, 2011 at 7:10am
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I must have a look in the shed....I might have some acid left, Then I can do the daughters Goat skin Smiley
  

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