[Ansteorra-archery] Bow finishing

Crandall crandalltwo-scalists at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 1 13:13:21 PDT 2011

Linseed oil is very slow drying, but once it is dry it is quite flexible and will generally not crack as would a shellac finish. It does yellow with age. Thin layers with drying time between produces the best results. I would use a fine steel wool pad between layers and possibly as a application pad for a satin finish. 
However, why are you considering using it? Most polyurethane finishes can duplicate the appearance and will hold up without the yellowing effect and will have minimum wear. 
Crandall, Olde Phart 

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--- On Tue, 11/1/11, Mungentuya TirMedoin <mungentuya at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Mungentuya TirMedoin <mungentuya at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Ansteorra-archery] Bow finishing
To: "ansteorra-archery at lists.ansteorra.org" <ansteorra-archery at lists.ansteorra.org>
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 11:47 AM

Good morning!
I have some questions about bow refinishing.  I've got three bows (2 oak longbows and 1 single wood longbow) that I need to finish.  I've heard conflicting opinions about linseed oil, so I'm not sure what to use on them before I put the polyurethane.  I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions and tips for me, I've finished some arrows but never the bows, and if there's anything I need to watch out for when I'm doing. Thank you for your time.
In service, 

Borijigidun Monggulun

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