How to Wax a Bowstring


A bowstring connects the two ends of a bow stave and launches an arrow. A bowstring has to be extremely durable, light and resistant to both water and abrasion. String used for archery can be simple, twisted and looped. It can also be made from the following materials: vegetable fiber, linen, hemp, silk and numerous modern polyester and polyethylene composites. If you want to keep your bowstring in perfect shape, learn how to properly wax it as a part of its regular maintenance.

Things You'll Need

  • Piece of leather
  • Chamois
  • Clean your bowstring of any dirt, leaves or dust. Run your fingers along the string, inspecting it for residue. Check the ends of the bowstring and remove any possible leftover dirt.

  • Apply a small amount of bowstring wax on your fingers or a small clean piece of leather and run it along the bowstring. Use long, smooth and gentle movements to rub in all the wax. You can choose one of the many commercial brands of bowstring wax, but note that a silicone-based wax is usually the best choice. Consult an archery shop professional to find the best product for you.

  • Continue rubbing the wax into the bowstring with a small piece of leather. Remember that the leather needs to be soft, pliable and gentle in order to really rub the wax into the string. Do not forget to go all the way to both ends of the bow string. When you can no longer see the wax, your task is complete.

  • Seal the bowstring wax container firmly so it doesn't dry out before the next use. Only bowstring wax that has been kept fresh can properly care for and coat the bowstring fibers.

  • Repeat this procedure every two weeks during hunting season and every month outside of hunting season.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of a small piece of leather, you can use a common chamois from your car kit; just make sure it's clean.
  • Archery is a dangerous sport. Use extreme caution when caring for your equipment and gear.

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