How to Refinish Laminated Glass Recurve Bows

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How to Refinish Laminated Glass Recurve Bows
A refinished laminated bow can look as good as new. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A laminated glass recurve bow is composed of fibreglass that is finished with a clear sealer. If you'd like to refinish your laminated glass recurve bow, you have a pair of options: you can take down the existing faded or flaking finish and add a fresh layer of glossy sealer, or you can add an enduring, colourful enamel. Learn the proper way to eliminate the existing finish, or poor adhesion will inevitably lead to your finish chipping.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 50-grit sandpaper
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 300-grit sandpaper
  • Rags
  • White spirit
  • Canvas dust sheet
  • Painter's masking tape
  • Water-based spray polyurethane
  • Tack cloth
  • Acrylic spray primer
  • Acrylic spray enamel

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Instructions

    Preparation

  1. 1

    Sand the existing finish from the laminate glass recurve bow, using a coarse, 50-grit sandpaper. Continue until the bow appears dull.

  2. 2

    Smooth the fibreglass bow by sanding it with 120-grit sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Wipe the laminate glass recurve bow with a rag dampened with white spirit. Set the bow on a canvas dust sheet and wait 20 minutes for the spirits to evaporate.

  4. 4

    Cover portions of the laminate glass recurve bow that are to remain unfinished using painter's masking tape.

    Refinishing

  1. 1

    Coat the fibreglass bow with water-based spray polyurethane. Clear polyurethane finishes tend to sag easily. Prevent this occurrence by applying only a thin coat and by holding an 8-inch distance between the fibreglass bow and spray tip.

  2. 2

    Let the polyurethane finish dry for two hours. Lightly sand the bow with 300-grit sandpaper. Wipe the bow with a tack cloth.

  3. 3

    Add another coat of polyurethane. Let the bow dry for two hours.

    Painting

  1. 1

    Abrade the fibreglass bow to encourage adhesion. Sand the bow with 100-grit sandpaper until the fibreglass feels rough.

  2. 2

    Coat the fibreglass bow with acrylic spray primer. Hold the sprayer 8 inches from the fibreglass bow.

  3. 3

    Let the acrylic base dry for two hours. Lightly sand the bow with 300-grit sandpaper. Wipe the bow with a tack cloth.

  4. 4

    Paint the fibreglass bow as you primed it. Use an acrylic enamel. Don't handle the bow for two hours.

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