No Gas, Thinners, etc!
Degreasing and washing birds safely without gas, lacquer thinners, etc can be done and done effectively. This is a wood duck after wire wheeling. Before wire wheeling it is always helpful to remove fat with scissors. Especially on delicate birds such as wood ducks.
Next I make 3/4 of a gallon of hot water between 90 and 100 degrees. This is as hot as my hot water heater makes water. I then add 4 oz. of both LipaSolve 55 and LipaSolve 77. You can experiment with smaller quantities. This is what I use in my shop.
This is the duck submerged in the solution. If this were a video you’d see the live action of the degreasers working on the fats, oils and grease. They literally attack the gunk!
This is the water after a 30-40 minute soak with periodic agitation. You can see the disolved fats and oils on the surface.
The duck skin after a thorough rinsing. After the rinsing the skin can be spun or towel dried and gently tumbled in 2040 corn cob grit. Then blown dry with a hair dryer.
This is the mounted specimen. No dangerous and expensive fuels or lacquer thinners needed for great results!