Repeated test results have now confirmed an additional use for the proprietary acid formulation of WHITETAIL DESIGNER SYSTEMS, INC.


This application takes advantage of long established biochemical principles, and is so easy, simple and economical that it borders on the ridiculous.

This application may prove to be the cheapest insurance policy a taxidermist can get. Specimens taken during early archery season or in warm areas of the country may well benefit from this treatment. We have been impressed with this pre-soaked treatment to the point that we are now running everything through it as a matter of routine.

The application is aimed at what is known in the taxidermy trade as “hair slip”.  Indications at this time show that the causative agents of what is collectively called “hair slip” are many. As facts and information are gathered, we will pass the information along.

This procedure does not and can not reverse damage done, but indications are that it can stop additional damage.

This simple procedure seems to have positive effects on the bacterial, chemical decomposition, and dried follicle forms of hair slip. It is uncertain at this time if the scavenger enzyme of the living system comes into play, or if enzyme induced forms are the result of bacterial excretion. Remember, we are at this time addressing green hide hair slip only.

To prepare this solution, dissolve four pounds of salt in four gallons of water. Then add one teaspoon of Taxidermist’s Leatherizing Acid. You will want a pH below 6, but over 5.

Rinse the cape really well with running water. Use a sprayer/hose combination as the weapon of choice. The kitchen sink type sprayer, garden hose nozzle, or handheld shower sprayer will all work. If you are not set up with one of the above already, it would be in your best interest to adapt one of the above to your current washing set up.

Use just enough water pressure to part the hair down to the skin. Rinse thoroughly and evenly. Invert the cape and rinse flesh side.

Now put the cape in the prepared solution. Swirl it gently three or four times while in the solution. Leave the cape in the solution for about thirty minutes. Remove and rinse again.

The cape can now be preliminary fleshed, or if that has already been done, proceed to our prescribed salting process. 

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