[Ansteorra-archery] Bow finishing

Mike Andrews mikea at mikea.ath.cx
Wed Nov 2 05:55:27 PDT 2011

On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 at 09:47:38AM -0700, Mungentuya TirMedoin wrote:
> 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.

I'd be very concerned about compatibility, adhesion, and similar issues,
if I were thinking about overlaying an oil finish with a polyurethane.
Why not just do one or the other? Linseed oil, properly done, produces a
durable, flexible finish that is water resistant. So does polyurethane.
So, for that matter, does tung oil, which I prefer very slightly over
linseed oil. 

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