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Gordon's Bo-Tuff Fiberglass - Clear
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Gordon's Bo-Tuff Fiberglass - Clear

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  • Q:

    Could I use this fiberglass to strengthen a primitive style 72'' longbow? It's a full hickory bow, 35# @28'' and has NO arrow shelf. I am just wanting to add strength and longevity to one of my favorite bows. Thanks!
    Asked on 12/24/2013 by Mik stevens from Arkansas

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      To use this fiberglass you will need to plane the bow down completely flat. Fiberglass will not add a lot of weight, maybe up to 5 pounds.

      Answered on 12/31/2013 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No. I would use fiberglass cloth.

      Answered on 12/24/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I'm building a recurve bow at 65" out of juniper (some also call it eastern red cedar) it has a redish Purple Heart wood. I've read that these bows do really well with sinew backing and without it will almost always break at heavier lbs and long draw legths. I have a 31" draw and want a 60-65lb bow. I was curious if anyone can tell me if this would be a good alternative to sinew on the back of the bow or if it would cause checking in the belly? If so is there another option for backing the bow to retain waterproofing as well as see the pretty grain of this wood. Thank you for any and all comments.
    Asked on 12/17/2013 by Calib from Dolores,co

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, as long as the bow is planed flat you can use fiberglass.

      Answered on 1/3/2014 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      31" is a long draw, and at 65" that will put significant stress on your
      bow, so I suggest using some kind of backing. Fiberglass, in my experience,
      works the best, but it is a little hard to work with, and if you don't glue
      it up properly the back of your bow will come out looking shoddy. If you
      don't need to see the wood under the fiberglass, I recommend bamboo
      backing. For fiberglass you'll need the appropriate adhesive, but with
      bamboo you have use Titebond III. I wouldn't mess around here. I've broken
      enough bows to know...but trying out fiberglass could also get you into
      trouble. When I build glass bows I use an air hose and pressure system.
      With bamboo you can just glue and clamp. Good luck!

      Answered on 12/17/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I am building a 72in long bow out of three laminations of hickory. Will applying fiberglass to the back and belly help prevent the bow from taking a set?
    Asked on 8/26/2013 by hombre grande from NC

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes

      Answered on 8/29/2013 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know from experience, but I have been told that will do the trick
      Andrew

      Answered on 8/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      yes it should help quite a bit, if you glue in a little reflex you shouldnt
      see any set as the fibreglass wont take a set ever. Glass "could" add 15+
      pounds of draw weight or more depending on how its glued in, so be mindfull
      if its a proven wood design then lower the amount of hickory accordingly.

      Answered on 8/26/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I know you put this on the back of a bow but do you put on the belly? And can this be used as a core?
    Asked on 7/29/2013 by joe

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes you should put it on the belly. Its too heavy for the core though. U
      can use just about any hardwood as a core black walnut, hard maple or
      action boo would be a good first choice. Action boo is basically flooring.

      Answered on 7/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      They are meant for the back and belly of a bow. You will need one strip for the back and another for the belly. I would not recommend for a core piece. They are shinny on one side and rough on the other to be used for the outer layer only.

      Answered on 7/29/2013 by Johnathan Karch from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      use smooth-on epoxy(ea-40) this fiberglass needs to be on the belly and back.applying to one side will put too much strain on the opposite side. it can be used for a core, but it doesn't help. use a nice wood core. you will be able to see the grain through the glass and epoxy.

      Answered on 7/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I have used fiberglass on the belly and back of laminate bows but can't say
      if it could be used as a core. I suppose if both sides were rough, not one
      side smooth, then you could. When used on a belly or back the thickness has
      to be figures unto the final draw weight.

      Answered on 7/30/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have a maple backed red oak bow that I made, but there is a small crack in the maple that occurred after the bow had been finished. If I were to sand off the finish on the back of the bow, would this fiberglass work to stop the bow from breaking?
    Asked on 5/17/2013 by Dave from Hartland, WI

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, you could back it with fiberglass. It may stiffen the bow some and may need tillering to lighten it back up.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 5/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes it can but no guarantee and use rapin
      Sent from my Kyocera Hydro

      Answered on 5/17/2013 by bamboowarrior from mt. pleasent SC
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I would not do that. The best in my experience is to back the whole bow with strap sinew bonded with liquid hide glue. When dry, varnish to keep the moisture out. Incredible how the most problematic bow can be saved with that procedure.
      Tawfiq Ibrahim
      http://independent.academia.edu/TawfiqIbrahim

      Answered on 5/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Yes it will if, the crack is not to sever & does not go off the edge of the bow.
      If it does go off the edge of the bow, first put a tillering string on the bow so the crack opens just a little, then fill it with tight bond 3. Then after the glue has cured, sand it & cover it with fiberglass & your bow should be fine.
      Make sure to use the 2 part, three rivers recommend glue, to glue the fiberglass to the bow.
      Next time you make a bow I highly recommend using hickory as your backing. The longer grain makes it stronger.
      -Joseph Frye
      Bold Archery Design

      Answered on 5/17/2013 by Joseph the bold from Jeffersonville n.y.
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The fiber glass will help for sure but I can not guarantee that will not continue to hold up.

      Answered on 5/20/2013 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Using this fiberglass as a backing on your particular bow would likely overpower the belly wood. I would suggest a backing of rawhide or sinew.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 5/23/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I am making a 64" D shaped longbow. I am using a red oak core with cedar laminations. It's all under this clear fiberglass. I needed to know how long my riser should be. I had planed for a 16 inch riser. Is this okay?
    Asked on 1/29/2013 by special kay

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, My r/d d shaped longbow @ 64" uses a 17" riser. You are in ball park but may have to build a couple. Good luck.
      Ron

      Answered on 1/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yeah 16 is good for tha riser
      Sent from my Kyocera Hydro

      Answered on 1/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Should be fine. I'd make sure the ends of the riser are tapered equally thin so that the limbs flex symmetrically. Good luck!
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 1/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, 16" should be plenty long for the riser. Since you are making the bow yourself there are not any rules that you have to follow. Though most longbows will have a 15" to 16" riser.

      Answered on 1/29/2013 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The longer your riser is, the shorter your limbs will be, unless your bow
      will bend through the riser. Shorter limbs have to bend more and therefore
      they make for a heavier bow. In making a D-bow, I recommend making it as
      with limbs as long as possible to reduce shock and increase flexibility.
      When fiberglass is used properly you get away with very short limbs and a
      very large riser, in some cases bigger than the limbs, but the fiberglass
      needs to be wide.
      There may be a member on here who give a more mathematical explanation.

      Answered on 1/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Folks.
      Yes 16 inches riser for a 64 inches long bow is good. Usually the riser size goes from 22,5% to 26,5% of the bow lenght.

      Answered on 2/8/2013 by Wander from Brazil
  • Q:

    can you use fiberglass drywall tape on your osage boards?
    Asked on 8/30/2012 by rusty from Portsmouth Ohio

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, you can. Stagger layers of it and spread your glue evenly over the
      entire back. Many people use Titebonnd III for this. FG tape makes a very
      strong backing and an unusual looking bow. You may want to pain the backing
      if you don't like the look of it.

      Answered on 8/30/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You can use any backing you wish. However, I would not recommend fiberglass drywall tape. If you are simply wishing to keep the back of the bow from splintering and pulling apart, I would use silk or linen. Personally I like to use bamboo or hickory. Sometimes I use maple too, but bamboo is my favorite.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Im pretty sure u can. If you go online to Poor Folk Bows, Sam Harper builds a red oak board bow with drywall tape. The bow build is Making a red oak board bow and he starts it on pg 5. Hope that mite help ya

      Answered on 8/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You could but it would not look as nice. I would recommend to use our hickory backing or the Bamboo backing so that you will gain some performance from the backing.

      Answered on 9/5/2012 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    I am planning on using this to back a wood laminate bow using EA-40 epoxy. Will the glass be clear? Prior to gluing the glass is quite cloudy. Will that clear up?
    Asked on 8/22/2012 by Mark in Reno from Reno, NV

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      yeah it should clear up, just make sure theres no loose debris on the
      cloudy part and you should be fine. Also if you mask the shiny side prior
      to glue up youll save yourself some headaches.

      Answered on 8/22/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, that should all clear up. Just make sure to wipe everything down with acetone before applying the adhesive and to keep all debris clear of the area.

      Answered on 8/23/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Im interested in making a Hickory long bow and would like to have this on the belly and the back of the bow, would it be suitable to add this to the back of the bow, then after tillering on the belly?

    I would be using your Hickory dimensional lumber
    Asked on 7/3/2012 by Jonathan Michelin from NorthWest River,NL

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have used the black and clear glass on the back of several longbows and it works like a charm.  Make sure, as you said, to tiller AFTER applying the glass to the back.  I have yet to put glass on the belly of any bow, but I'm sure I will.  I usually use hickory (back) and red oak (belly).  Red oak is supposed to be good under compression.
       
      I use Smooth On epoxy to glue the laminates and glass.  Good luck.

      Answered on 7/5/2012 by Mark
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It sounds like you are kind of wanting to make a semi-selfbow. If so, you should use a different wood, such as osage or ipe. However, if you are wanting to make a fiberglass laminated bow with glass on the back and belly and you want to use hickory, it would be best if you made laminations out of your hickory and do the glue up of the back and belly at the same time. The reason is, if you try to tiller the belly first it will likely round out or make the belly uneven. The surface needs to be near perfectly flat before you can glue fiberglass on it. If it is rounded or uneven you will have gaps between the wood and the fiberglass.
      After glue up, you would tiller by trimming the width of the limbs and rounding the edges.

      Answered on 7/6/2012 by EnochwalkedwithGod from Ohio
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I wouldn't recommend doing that, if you just back the bow with it you will be better off.

      Answered on 7/5/2012 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Since you can see through it, do you want to finish the back of the bow with stain and laquer before applying the glass? I would be using this to back a self-bow prior to tillering. Thanks.
    Asked on 6/4/2012 by Mark from Reno, NV

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      If you want to alter the color of the original wood, you should apply the stain prior to gluing the glass on. Once the glass is on, you cannot stain the back of the bow. If you are backing the bow with clear glass, there is no need to put laquer on the back of the bow prior to glueing the glass on. In fact, I would recommend that you do not put laquer on the back before gluing because it would weaken the bond between the glass and the wood.
      If you do decide to stain the back of the bow prior to putting glass on, be sure to wipe all of the excess stain off and then make sure you wait at least three days before gluing the glass on. Failure to do so could prevent a proper bond between the glass and the wood.

      Answered on 6/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      If you are going to stain the bow do it before putting the glass on. Put the sealer on when the bow is complete.

      Answered on 6/5/2012 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's ok to stain the wood before applying the clear fiberglass although the darker the stain the more any slight glue fault will show.  I use alchol based stains, water based raises a fluff on the wood and Oil based may cause a adhesion problem with the glue. 
       
      Do not spray your finish on the wood then glue on the glass.   Spray your finish on the glass when complete, rough up the glass a bit with 220 grit then 320 grit after rounding over the edges for best results.
       
       
      W. Michael Ballenger
      Owner & Bowyer
      7 Lakes Longbows
      1161 7 Lks North
      Seven Lakes, NC 27376
      http://www.7lakeslongbow.com

      Answered on 6/5/2012 by 7 Lakes
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