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Kerosene and BiCarb method
May 1st, 2017 at 9:34am
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Hi guys,

I'm working on my first skin (Chamois).

It's been nailed up for about a week with the first coat of paste on it. the top end is almost ready to be scraped off, but the lower portion is still very soggy.

Is this a normal amount of time? i was under the impression it was going to only be a few days in-between coats.
  
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Re: Kerosene and BiCarb method
Reply #1 - May 1st, 2017 at 3:38pm
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dont rush things....go back and reread instructions on how to do it. Ive got skins here that were done that way 20 years ago and they are still fine.(mate did them for me so I cant answer your question )
  
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Re: Kerosene and BiCarb method
Reply #2 - May 1st, 2017 at 6:33pm
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That's good to hear. I've only ever seen chemical peddlers that have bad things to say about this method.

I've read 3 or so days for first application but its been a week and still not dry. It has been cold and occasional rain... I'll keep checking it.
  
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Re: Kerosene and BiCarb method
Reply #3 - May 5th, 2017 at 9:03pm
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How are you getting on with the skins.
The mix can absorb water from the air if your having wet weather.
I recently found some skins tanned with this method had slipped the hair. They were 40yrs or older.
Might have got damp in storage.
The commercial skins with them were fine.
  
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Re: Kerosene and BiCarb method
Reply #4 - May 6th, 2017 at 5:18pm
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40 years is ample in my book. I'll be happy with 20

Its still nailed to the fence. I'm on my second coat of the paste. The upper portion appears dry but lower 1/4 is still soggy. I guess because kero slowly drips down through the paste.
Its not stiff like a board, so will do a few more coats and hope it works.
  
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Re: Kerosene and BiCarb method
Reply #5 - Aug 7th, 2017 at 11:33am
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Just be aware this is not actually a tan just a method of preserving the skin, If it gets wet after the process it will remove the preservative and will go back to being a green hide. Not having a go (I have a skin i did 10 years ago that is good as the day i trimmed it) just don't wash it down the track.
  

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