How to Wax a Crossbow String

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How to Wax a Crossbow String
Crossbows have been used for centuries for hunting and warfare. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A crossbow shooter must maintain his bow in order to ensure proper performance while hunting or target shooting. An essential part of bow maintenance is taking care of the string. Without a properly maintained string, the crossbow might fail to shoot accurately; injuries are possible if the string wears thin and breaks. Waxing the crossbow string provides lubrication, prevents string rot and extends the life of your string.

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Things you need

  • String wax stick

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  1. 1

    Check to ensure that your crossbow is unloaded. Remove any bolts or arrows from the crossbow rack.

  2. 2

    Rub the wax stick on the full length of the string. Ensure that the string is completely coated with wax. Do not wax the crossbow's serving.

  3. 3

    Pinch the string between your thumb and forefinger. Apply firm pressure. Run your thumb and forefinger back and forth along the string until you feel friction. The friction heats the wax, and allows it to soak into the string. Stop rubbing when you no longer see wax residue on the string.

Tips and warnings

  • Lubricate the crossbow rail when waxing the string. This aids in maintaining proper crossbow performance.
  • Apply wax once a month.

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