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Old 03-05-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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I need to refinish my riser on my recurve after serveral years and thousands
of arrows and weather the finish has wear and scratches. What material and technique do I use to do it? The bow has a satin finish right now any tips?
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Old 03-05-2017, 03:23 PM   #2
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It's pretty simple really . Just sand the old finish off then fine sand with 320 to remove any scratches and re seal it with a quality finish. I sent ya a pm also

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I think tru oil gun stock finish looks great. Maybe 6 coats then a quick shot of spar urathene. I start my sanding with a 320 and work to a 600. Then a 1200 to finish it off.
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Old 03-05-2017, 03:42 PM   #4
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What both of them said^^^^^^

I've refinished a couple using the Helmsman Spar urethane in the rattle can, and that has worked well, but I have never tried to spray the spar urethane over tru oil.

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Good info to know for this guy. Ive a 1950s Bear longbow with dual shelf inbound and Im speculating that itll need some work.

If the original finish is unknown...should the whole bow be sanded and refinished the same?
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Old 03-05-2017, 06:50 PM   #6
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Thank you guys for the info, I purchased the materials and took my bow apart . I will start stripping the finish tonight and work on it during the week after work.
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:33 PM   #7
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Good info to know for this guy. Ive a 1950s Bear longbow with dual shelf inbound and Im speculating that itll need some work.

If the original finish is unknown...should the whole bow be sanded and refinished the same?
Yes! But be careful sanding the finish off the fiberglass. If you sand past the finish into the glass, you will mess up the tiller and lose some draw weight.

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Old 03-05-2017, 07:43 PM   #8
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YOu should also be aware of what finish is on the existing bow mixing finishes will sometimes cause the two different finishes to react with each other and then you'll have to redo the whole bow.

Dont ask me how I know this....... It made for a long project instead of a quick touch up job.
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:08 PM   #9
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I've done a few and prefer Spar urethane from a rattle can. Might pick up some other tips in my threads?

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...toring+recurve

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...toring+recurve

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Old 03-05-2017, 11:21 PM   #10
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Cool beans. Thanks immensely.
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:36 PM   #11
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That was some good work , brought those old bows back to life . Thanks for the links .
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:14 AM   #12
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Spar Urethane over Tru Oil does fine, I've finished several with that method.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:44 PM   #13
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Here are a couple done with TruOil and then buffed and polished. The first one was sanded down to the wood, the second one I just knocked the gloss off of the old finish and feathered in any scratches. If it is a takedown bow you can use poly on the limbs and what ever you want on the riser. If I want a classic look, I will go with the TruOil but on a modern bow I will use satin urethane. You can't buff out the urethane near as much as you can the oil based polys.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:52 PM   #14
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Post up some pics of your progress if you have time.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:40 AM   #15
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Update already did the second coat . I am letting it dry then give the third coat, should be done this weekend . I am spraying it and wait a few days , weather been humid and rainy on and off so moved the riser from garage in to the house for drying.
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You are doing it right. Just don't get too impatient (I have that problem) and give it plenty of time to cure. Be sure to post pics when it is complete.

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Old 03-25-2017, 08:25 PM   #17
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All done I gave it three coats allowed to to cure in between coats. I started with 320 grit and then finished with 400 grit. Here before pictures.
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Here is the after pictures . It wasn't hard just more patience than anything and $10 of material . Thanks guys for the advice.
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:37 PM   #19
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If you want a real quality finish, you should spray on thunderbird epoxy finish. You can spray it out of an inexpensive hvlp cup gun sprayer and a little air compressor will work.
If you don't want to go to that much trouble then use a hard conversion varnish and an aerosol preval sprayer.
Sand the bow you are refinishing down to where almost all the old finish is off with 150- 220 grit paper


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Old 03-25-2017, 08:38 PM   #20
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Pm me if you would like step by step details


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Old 03-25-2017, 08:38 PM   #21
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That turned out great!!
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:39 PM   #22
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Looks like you've gotten it figured out! Never mind good looking job.


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Old 03-25-2017, 08:42 PM   #23
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Turned out awesome!
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:48 PM   #24
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Nice work, Roger!

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Looks great, Roger!
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Nice! Looks like you did good!
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:41 AM   #27
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If you want a real quality finish, you should spray on thunderbird epoxy finish. You can spray it out of an inexpensive hvlp cup gun sprayer and a little air compressor will work.
If you don't want to go to that much trouble then use a hard conversion varnish and an aerosol preval sprayer.
Sand the bow you are refinishing down to where almost all the old finish is off with 150- 220 grit paper


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Strongly suggest thunder bird, well worth it.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:08 AM   #28
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Looks good! You did a fine job!

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If you want a real quality finish, you should spray on thunderbird epoxy finish. You can spray it out of an inexpensive hvlp cup gun sprayer and a little air compressor will work.
If you don't want to go to that much trouble then use a hard conversion varnish and an aerosol preval sprayer.
Sand the bow you are refinishing down to where almost all the old finish is off with 150- 220 grit paper


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I'll agree as well, best dang finish there is! Period!
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:51 AM   #29
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Looking good Roger.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:48 AM   #30
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That looks great!
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:47 AM   #31
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Maybe someone should do a thread on the Thunderbird and how to use it. I have botched several refinishes trying to build finish thickness. Coat number one looks great, coat number two looks crappy. And it is hell to clean up and start over.

Great job on the new finish! Is that a Dakota riser?
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Old 03-27-2017, 11:37 AM   #32
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Maybe someone should do a thread on the Thunderbird and how to use it. I have botched several refinishes trying to build finish thickness. Coat number one looks great, coat number two looks crappy. And it is hell to clean up and start over.

Great job on the new finish! Is that a Dakota riser?
Yes it is a Dakota riser. The grip area was worn and water was getting into the wood also had some normal scratches from use.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:57 PM   #33
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I noticed that the Dakota that I owned for a short while did not have much of a finish on it. The bow shot rockets but it wasn't much to look at. I don't understand how some of the custom bowyers build a great bow and then put a cheap finish on them.
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:12 PM   #34
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Turned out nice!

Thunderbird takes practice, practice and more practice to get it right. They have some pretty good instructions for spraying it on their website that makes for a good starting point
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