i was reading a post from last week and had a question. when you guys say "boil" them, what part of the process is that. i think i was doing it wrong. do you boil them before you dye them with the rust on them?
Boil them to get the new oil and grease off. You can power wash them first, to cut the biggest share off. You can also just put them in hot water with dish soap to cut the grease and oil. After you are sure they are clean, if they are new traps, I'd just wax them. Rusting and dyeing new traps is a wate of time IMO. Eventually they'll rust and then you can dye them. Sumac, walnut husks, or Maple bark are all good natural dyes.
If you're going to wax too, do so when the traps are completly dry...no water at all. This could cause a "boil over" which is not good with wax. Wax is flammable and the temperature needs to be watched also. Don't wax conibears though. Wax is mainly used for land trapping K9's.
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