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    How often do you wax your compound bow strings?

    My wife and I just bought new compound bows about a month ago and I was wandering what maintenance I should be doing to them if any? I bougth some bow string wax but not sure how often I should be using it and how/where I should apply it? Is it based off of how many arrows shot? Temp? Thanks for your help?



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    I do mine every couple of weeks and it's probably not enough. Run the wax up and down the string and cables. Once all is covered take index and midle finger rub up
    And down string and cable to create some friction to work the wax into the string material. I'm pretty sure you can't really wax too much. If you see any fraying on strings, you aren't waxing enough
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    I don't go by a set time. I just check them and when they start not feeling tacky, I wax 'em. You can definitely over wax and that leads to issues as well.
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    Make sure you rub in well are it will pick up all kInds of dirt.
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    Pse says after each time you shoot. I just wax them and when they look like they need more I put more one.


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    Usually once a week when Im shooting often
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    try to every week
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    I wax every other time I shoot. String snot works great and is a lot easier to work with than the old wax stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothie7 View Post
    My wife and I just bought new compound bows about a month ago and I was wandering what maintenance I should be doing to them if any? I bougth some bow string wax but not sure how often I should be using it and how/where I should apply it? Is it based off of how many arrows shot? Temp? Thanks for your help?

    Yes, temps, usuage, handling the bow string, all become of factor in string waxing for me.

    What I do is any time my strings feels dry, I wax them. There is no set time for me.

    When hunting season rolls around, I keep them waxed up a little more due to the elements.


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    is there a certain method to waxing or just cover all the strings?

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    Id say once every week or so depending on shooting. Don't wax the servings on the string. Rub the wax into the string with your fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvh1969 View Post
    I don't go by a set time. I just check them and when they start not feeling tacky, I wax 'em. You can definitely over wax and that leads to issues as well.
    Pvh1969, for my own education, what issues would be caused by over waxing?
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    Oh wax mine every third or fourth time I shoot... I only wax where the strings are ... You don't have to wax the cables
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    Quote Originally Posted by animal killer View Post
    Id say once every week or so depending on shooting. Don't wax the servings on the string. Rub the wax into the string with your fingers.

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    Not to sound dumb but what is the servings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean1 View Post
    Pvh1969, for my own education, what issues would be caused by over waxing?
    Exactly.....I'm curious as well. I wax mine real often, rub in with my fingers, and then wipe off excess. If anything, I over-wax.........so what issues?

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    The string is a bunch of threads that are twisted together and reach from the top of the bow to the bottom. To protect the string from all the friction when you put your noc on and when the noc comes off during flight... they wrap serving around the center section ... about 4-5". Serving is also used to protect the string on Other areas where friction and ware happens.... like at the top and bottom of the bow where the string wraps around the cams.
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    Wow, I had no idea you needed to do it that often. Good to know.

    Does it need to be special Bow String wax or can I use Bees Wax that I have from other no related Hobbies?

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    During hunting season I'll wax one a week or after they get wet.during tournament season feb- Aug I'll wax about every other day but that is shooting a 100 a day everyday
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    never, wax collects dirt dust and grime and that wears on the bow string worse than not waxing
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC50 View Post
    never, wax collects dirt dust and grime and that wears on the bow string worse than not waxing
    You must go through a LOT of string sets.
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    I wax as needed....spread wax over just string surface (not serving), rub in vigorously to create enough heat for the wax to melt into the string bundle, then take a clean cotton cloth and wipe away any excess. This will also remove any dust, dirt or grime build up.

    You can over wax.......I've seen guys with wax on their riser from it coming off the string on the shot....

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    I wax mine whenever I remember to check them, which is not often enough. Usually they feel dry by then, and I slather them in String Shot.
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    Its often on my mind to check the "feel" of mine. But that comes with the territory in this business... I built a set for my hunting bow this year, and one color spool was a little to light in wax for my liking. So I applied wax to the bundle prior to twisting it... Then after about 400 shots, i noticed it didn't have the slick feel I'm looking for, so I pressed the bow and took enough pressure of the strings so I could wax them and penetrate the bundle.. They now have a nice slick look/feel to them... They're gonna last a long long time! I think pressing the bow and taking pressure off is way more effective than just rubbing the wax on. Matter of fact we did a youtube video of this and just waiting on the editing so we can publish it...
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    No one mentioned taking the old wax and dirt off. Wrap some dental floss around your string and slide it up or down to scrape off old wax. You will be surprised what it looks like. Then wax
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mastervolume11 View Post
    Wow, I had no idea you needed to do it that often. Good to know.

    Does it need to be special Bow String wax or can I use Bees Wax that I have from other no related Hobbies?
    I'd ask a string builder on that one...pretty sure they're going to say bow string wax.

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