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Trapper's Hide & Fur Tanning Formula

Trapper's Hide & Fur Tanning Formula
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Retail Price: $14.00
Our Price: $12.50

Trapper's Hide Tanning Formula allows easy home tanning of all fur skins and deer hides. It produces a soft, supple Indian-style tan in 5-7 days, and is pre-mixed and ready to use.

Trapper's Hide Tanning Formula comes in an 8 oz. bottle and tans all fur skins -- raccoon, fox, coyote, muskrat, mink, beaver, squirrel, rabbit, etc; and tans deer either hair-on for a rug or mount or hair-off for bucksin leather. Also tans elk, moose, caribou, bear.........and even snakeskin.

One bottle will tan two medium sized fur skins or one deer hide. Elk, moose, caribou and bear require 3 to 6 bottles.

Directions: Follow steps carefully for best results

1. For best results, start with fresh, green skin. Carefully scrape or cut off all meat and fat until skin is very clean. If applicable, skin out ears and paws, split tail. If skin has been dried, you should first soak in plain water, just long enough to soften. (For red or grey fox use salt water, lb. salt/gal. at room temperature.)

2. To tan hair-on: Salt the flesh side with TABLE SALT. Work PLENTY OF SALT into entire hide including ears, paws, etc. Fold salted hide flesh on flesh, roll up and leave 24 hrs. Then scrape off old salt and repeat with clean salt for another 24 hrs. Then scrape off salt again and go to Step 4.

3. To tan hair-off: (e.g. buckskin) Immerse hide in plain water. NO SALT. Change water daily until hair loosens (usually 4-6 days of deer or elk). Pull or scrape off hair is removed. Rinse well in clean water and go to Step 4

4. Prepare a salt bath by mixing 1\2 lb. of table salt per gal. of hot water. (For hair-off tanning only, e.g. buckskin, add 1 capful of Clorox per 5 gall. of salt bath). Mix salt bath thoroughly and let cool. Then Immerse hide 6-8 hrs. (except red or grey fox just 15 min.). Remove, rinse in cool water and drain.

5. Using a sharp knife, thin skin as much as possible, removing any remaining membrane. A wire wheel can be used if skin is allowed to almost dry first.

6. After skin is thinned, wash in warm water with liquid dish soap (e.g. Dawn) to remove salt and grease. Very greasy skins such as raccoon, beaver and bear should be washed twice with dish soap to remove all grease. Then hang to drain

7. Warm Hide Tanning Formula (HTG) by sitting bottle in pot of hot tap water for 30 min. The skin should be at room temperature, semidry, but still moist and flexible. Shake warm HTF well and apply an even layer to the flesh side. Apply with paint brush, or by hand wearing rubber gloves. Massage firmly into all areas of the skin.

8. Fold the skin flesh side unto itself and leave overnight (12-16 hours). If it is a cased skin, just turn it fur out and hang at room temperature, away from direct heat. This will allow the fur to dry while the hide is tanning. After this 12-16 hr. tanning time, open the flesh side to the air (or if a cased pelt, turn the flesh side out again) and let dry slowly over 2-3 days. As it dries, periodically pull and stretch the skin until it is completely dry and soft. If the skin is still stiff in a few spots, dampen those areas with warm water, reapply warm HTF and repeat.

9. OPTIONAL: When the skin is fully tanned and dry it can be thinned further with a wire wheel or coarse sandpaper if a higher degree of suppleness is desired. Also, pulling the tanned hide back and forth over a tight rope works very well for softening.

Product Reviews
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100% Recommend this product (11 of 11 responses)
By Chris
Great product
August 26, 2022
Reasonable price
Works well
Easy to understand instructions on back
By Strunk G.
Works as it should.
February 21, 2022
Works well.
Done as it said it would. None.
bottle leaked in box and was half full
January 15, 2022
bottle leaked in box and was half full
Merchant Response:Give us a call and we can get it replaced. 800-624-4493
half full
By Dom
Perfect for home tanning
March 21, 2021
Easy to follow directions.
Directions on bottle are to small. Went online and printed the directions for readability.
By Clay
Butte, MT
Works Great!
October 7, 2020
I used this product on my very first attempt fleshing drying and tanning and the pre mixed, easy to follow directions made it the easiest task in the process.
By Justin
Middle, TN
Great product!!!!!!
February 5, 2019
Simple to use, easy instructions, great results.
By shaun
Central city, KY
Good results
August 12, 2018
This my friends is a easy to use tanning solution. With the instructions on the back of the lablel.
label. To read instuctions
By Higgins
South Louisiana
It's worth it
March 9, 2018
If you are strapped for cash and have the time to make your own tanning solution great. But this stuff works great and saves me a bunch of time. I only tan a few small hides at a time.
works better than anything i made. Gets expensive if you are tanning a lot of big hides.
By Charlie
Valatie, NY
Great Shop / Great Item
January 18, 2018
I am very happy with my choice to purchase from Fleming Traps. The tanning formula I purchased came without issues or delays. Fleming Traps provided a quality product at a great price. I would recommend both the product and the store!
quick shipment and great price
By Ron F.
Fur Tan formula
October 20, 2017
Fleming traps shipping is quick web site is easy to use and they have teaching videos on their web site
By Candy
Suffolk, VA
Next best thing to hog brains
October 26, 2016
My son took a tanning hide class and the instructor suggested using hog brains, but we were unable to find any for sell so we tried Trapper's Hide & Fur Tanning Formula. He used one bottle for two raccoons. They turned out beautiful and we were pleased, but the hide (not the fur) was not quite as soft and supple as the instructor's was. We are not sure if that was due to his many years of experience or because he used hog brains.
Easily accessible, can be ordered on line. Easy to use.
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