No, you do not cut it with anything. On new traps run them through the dishwasher, let them dry, then dip them. Hang them dry for a day then dip them again. Hang them to dry for 24 hours and your good to go. On used traps wire brush them best you can, make sure you get all the wax off if they've been waxed, then dip them twice like stated above. Once dipped them twice the first time you use FMJ on them, then you just need to wire brush them and dip them once, after 24 hours they are odor free and ready for use. Make sure you have a good five gallon bucket with a lid that seals real good and a pair of chem gloves.