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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just tanned my coyote I got back in archery. It was fleshed and then frozen right away, then refleshed again before I started to tan it. The hide looks real good but she still smells like the day I shot her. I degreased the hide and did exactly what the instructions said,
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Re: odor

I did the same thing,
The coyote smelled fine when fleshed, pickled and re-fleshed
and even when applying liqui-tan, it smelled like a new baseball glove.
Then while breaking it and drying, it started to smell like an
old smelly wet coyote again
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Re: odor

sounds like they need a good shampooing
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Re: odor

also may not have all the grease out yet

He never said it would be easy;
He only said it would be worth it!
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Re: odor

Could I soak it in a degreasing mix again without it slipping?

Also, what tan would you suggest for garment grade tanning?
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Re: odor

OK,
I got tired of the smell so I de greased it again and shampood him with my wifes favorite shampoo, rinsed him out real good, and hung him,fur out, till dry.
I then re tanned him using the trappers hide tanning formula,
and left it skin on skin overnight.
I just turned him skin out and will let it dry some before the re-breaking process.
I'll let you know if the smell is eliminated
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Re: odor

sounds prommissing

He never said it would be easy;
He only said it would be worth it!
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Re: odor

I might have to try that hope it works let me know

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Re: odor

Start breaking the skin before the leather is fully dry.

As a note, foxes and coyotes have underfats. This is why when I tan them, I detail flesh them with a fine wire wheel after they have been in the pickle a while. They go back in the pickle at least 2 days, then I degrease them by soaking in a solution of rittels super solvent/water/salt.I squeeze as much moisture out after this, and put them back in the pickle. I let them set in the pickle at least 1 day before removal and neutralization, which is followed by rinsing and applying the tanning agent ( been having good results with syn oil tan from van Dykes, which they don't seem to have anymore since stupid McKenzie bought them- I still use McKenzie, but it is annoying every time they buy up another supplier and drop certain unique products).
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Re: odor

Thanks steph
I did him on a wire wheel also,
also started breaking as the leather started to darken,
still not fully dry, but hanging on the swing outside.

But, it smells a whole lot better!!!!

Would you suggest the syn oil tan for garments?
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