whitetail mount by Gene Smith - deer scratching his back with his antlers

Mount by Gene Smith – front cover of Breakthrough Magazine using the COMPETITION WHITETAIL FORMULA version of PRO-1 BRUSH ON TAN

This PRO-1 custom application utilizes our LEATHER TANNING CONCENTRATE
in the pickle with the BRUSH ON TANNING SYSTEM (only).
LEATHER TANNING CONCENTRATE can be added to any pickle when using BRUSH ON TANS.
leather tanning concentrate by Pro-1 Performance Chemicals
Adding LEATHER TANNING CONCENTRATE to the pickle when using BRUSH ON TANS
offers several benefits which include:
(Note: do not use LTC in the pickle if doing a submersible tan afterwards)

  • Whiter Skin / Less Yellowing
  • Less Shrinkage
  • Lighter, More Natural Skin Tones
  • Softer Finish Requiring Less Paint

Salt & Drain:

  • split & turn / rough flesh (remove red meat, fat & score membrane)
  • salt heavily / rub in well (leave in salt overnight / 24-48 hours)
  • knock off salt & relax completely in COLD water
    (Note: add 1 fl. oz. Atesan LPW per 5-gallon as a soap / wash agent)
  • rinse, drain briefly and proceed to pickle

Pickle utilizing “Leather Tanning Concentrate”: for average deer cape

  • 5 gallons of clean cool water
  • 5 lb. of salt (salinometer 40-43%)
  • 3 fl. oz. of LiquaSafe Acid
    (pH not to exceed mid-1-range…monitor & add acid as needed)
  • 2 fl. oz of Degreaser
  • pickle for 3 days minimum and shave (shave neck thin for optimal stretch)
  • re-pickle minimum 24 hours (longer is better…2 days)
  • then add 4 fl. oz. (1/2 cup) of LTC to the pickle (after re-pickling) & process 1 more day
  • do not worry about pH after adding LTC (it will come up slightly)

Neutralize in the Pickle: FIXATES LTC TANNING AGENT TO THE SKIN
(or in a standard separate neutralization bath – see BRUSH ON TAN instructions)

  • remove skin from pickle (hold in separate pail)
  • add new 5 gallon cool water to existing 5 gallon pickle (mix well)
    (Note: this de-salts the pickle to “1/2 lb. salt per gallon concentration”)
  • add / mix enough baking soda to raise pH of pickle to 5.0- 5.5
    (tablespoon at a time…solution will foam…mix well)
  • re-add skin & agitate periodically for 1 full hour
  • remove skin, rinse well & spin-out (needs to be damp, thirsty for oiling)
  • apply warmed BRUSH ON TANNING OIL
    (fold hair-side out & sweat @ room temp. overnight…ready to mount or bag & refrigerate or freeze)
    Note: DO NOT reuse pickle

Pre-Mount Wash: (wash briefly in the following solution)

  • 5 gallons lukewarm water + 2 cups salt + 1 fl. oz. Atesan LPW
  • rinse in cool water & spin-out