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Artificial Snakeskin Backing

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Item Number: 7049X
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Price: $23.99
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  • Q:

    Can i use this backing over my drywall backed home made longbow? If so, what glue do I use? I used titebond II to backed my longbow with drywall tape. Thank you for your help.
    Leo
    Asked on 3/1/2014 by Wannabe green archer from Las Vegas, NVI

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I see no reason why you couldn't use it. I would use Titebond to apply these as well.

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

      A:

      lightly sand surface with 150 grit, and you should be able to use the titebond II or three.
      also apply over top of the backing to seal the cloth.
      Sent from my ASUS Pad

      Answered on 3/1/2014 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Does applying artifical snake skin to a recurve bow slow down arrow speed?
    Asked on 2/4/2014 by Rob from Edmond Okla.

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I don't think it would.

      Answered on 2/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      It depends on how much glue you put on it. Just kidding. No, it will not slow down anything. It does not have enough mass to have that effect in a measurable way.

      Answered on 2/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Theoretically it will slow down arrow speed because you're adding mass to
      the limbs. i doubt it would be a visibly noticeable difference, but I'm
      sure you would see it on a chronograph. If a few fps loss doesn't bother
      you then i say go for it. also you may want to make sure that the snake
      skin is wide enough. i used it on a wooden long bow, my glass recurve would
      be too wide for these.

      Answered on 2/5/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      In my opinion, it would be minimal with the artificial skins sold at 3
      Rivers. Probably too small to notice.

      Answered on 2/4/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      In my experience, yes. However, it looks so cool!!!! Made the mistake
      once of "camouflaging" a bow with a felt like material. When it rained, it
      absorbed water, and everything was messed up. It shot real quiet
      though...lol

      Answered on 2/4/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

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      Putting a backing can slow down a bow's performance. However, it is usually minimal and very doubtful the you would notice any lack of speed by applying these to your bow.

      Answered on 2/4/2014 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    I've read int he questions and answers that this is a woven cotton cloth with a printed pattern. Is this cloth backing strong enough to use as a lone backing on a composite or would you suggest silk or linen underneath the faux snakeskin backing?
    Asked on 8/21/2013 by PalmettoNDN from South Carolina

    9 answers

    • A:

      I do not believe that this type of backing will add anything to the bow structurally, but it did add almost two pounds of extra draw weight to my glass backed recurve but I also applied mine using two part epoxy and 3 coats of poly after curing. Been shooting this bow for over a year and it still looks good.

      Answered on 1/3/2014 by Rusty from Mount Eden, KY
    • Staff Reviewer

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      NO this is just for looks

      Answered on 8/29/2013 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
    • A:

      I would not count on the cotton cloth to add any strength to the bow. It is just a covering. My bows stand out like a sore thumb in the woods. I have noticed the deer pick up the front of the bow very easily in the tree stand unless I get very artistic with the stain. I would suggest getting the bow the way you want it and then cover with either pattern. They do come out nice. I take the backing and pin it to a board so it lays flat and give it a light coating of varnish. I think this makes it easier to apply.

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Two Fingers from Green Spring, WV.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I have bought a few of these. Like real snake skin, this will NOT be enough to back a bow for durability purposes. I have used these as a decorative aspect to my bows. I used these on bows backed with Hickory. I would used these ONLY to decorate a bow.

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      This is for 'decoration' only type cloth. you still need some sort of 'real' backing on the bow first. Put this on top of the backing.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I used this backing on a bamboo, IPE, hickory tri-lam long bow. Used it
      more to dress up the bow. Haven't had any problems or concerns about it.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Hi, I would assume your referring to a self bow or a bow that needs more
      tension strength.I would not think that the faux skins would add any
      strength to the bow to speak of.Linen,fiber cloth, ect,,then the
      skins.Remember, it will add some weight to the limbs.Hope this helps.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
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      Hi all, I use fiberglass cloth as the base and then glue on the artificial
      backing on my board bows and it's been working real good for me . the
      fiberglass cloth I use is the kind you would get at automotive stores.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I used it over glass, so I don't know for sure, but, I don't think it
      would be strong enough. The glue u use would probably hold down more
      splinters than the fabric. If the bow NEEDS a backing, this probably isn't
      it. It does look good though.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I am building a bow with slightly flared limbs that gets more narrow towards the nock, similar to a Mollegabet or Pyramid. it is not as dramatic a flare out as either design, but is wider than the two inches listed as the width. Any ideas on how I can apply this skin to a bow with working limbs more wide than two inches?
    Asked on 8/21/2013 by PalmettoNDN from South Carolina

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

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      2'' is the max width, I would use real skins they are wider.

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

      A:

      How much wide are you talking about? If you stretch the fabric, is it going to make it? There is a bit of lateral give when you get the fabric wet, although I am not sure how much ... 1/4" ... maybe a hair more? Those products are nice as the pattern is maintained along the whole strip. Otherwise you can get snake skin printed fabric in all widths; you just google search for it. Major fabric stores will have different "flavors". Then you can cut them anyway you want.

      Answered on 8/23/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I was planning op putting the copperhead skin on an old Bear Alaskan, and I was wondering if TB3 will work of do I need to use epoxy?
    Asked on 7/16/2013 by Mecacate from Indianapolis, IN

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wouldn't put anything on it. But if you must, I would go with epoxy. Be sure to clean the limbs nicely before you glue.

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I really think that hide glue would be a better choice. The TB3 is a yellow colored glue which might change the color of the skin. Hide glue is clear and is very strong.

      Answered on 7/18/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      TiteBond 3 will work great. Get the backing wet first, then apply glue to both bow and backing. Will come out great then.

      Answered on 7/17/2013 by Johnathan Karch from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Titebond 3 worked well for me.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I used TB3 on my takedown recurve, worked fine. Trim edges with sharp blade before glue completely sets. Light coat of poly when glue dries.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes TB3 will work great for what you need to do, just make sure you sand the limbs lightly before applying....
      Thanks Robert

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      TB3 works well - coat the surface of the bow evenly, coat the underside of the "snakeskin" and smooth it on the limb from the middle toward either end.. Apply another layer of TB3 over the skin and smooth it on like wallpaper, rubbing out the bubbles and extra glue. As soon as the glue begins to set (dry to the touch but pliable) you can use a sharp knife to cut away the excess (if there is any - the pieces aren't very wide).
      Good luck

      Answered on 7/16/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the best way to trim this off after being applied using Tightbond III to the back of my red oak self bow? Can I just file the edges after the tightbond has cured, or will this just tear at the material?
    Asked on 6/25/2013 by Danny from Florida

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would try using a very sharp razor blade to trim off

      Answered on 6/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      hi, I use epoxy to apply mine and file and sand the edges. should work the same with tightbond.

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I used a sharp knife to trim edges and then used 300 grit sand paper to smooth edges. Hope this helps.

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The best way i have found is to simply take a razor knife and trim off the
      edge then apply alittle more tite bond
      down the edge's.

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by woodsman from Tennessee
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, I coated the red oak bow with TBIII, coated the inside of the skin, smoothed it on then applied a layer of TBIII over the outside, smoothing from the inside out like wall paper. After drying, the edges trim easily with a knife and you can sand the edges. A couple of coats of eurathane and you're done.
      The glue and lacquer give it an antique feel and depth to the finish.
      Good luck
      1elkhntr
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi!
      Yes you can trim the material with a file that has been the best way for me..... thanks Robert

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I used  the copper head style cloth snakeskin on a red cedar board bow backed with oak. I attached it with Titebond III and trimmed the edge with an exacto knife when the glue was set but not completely cured. This left a few frayed edges. I finished the bow basically following Dean Torges directions using polyurethane which includes a lidded can of gloss, a spray can of gloss and a spray can of semi gloss. The polyurethane made the frayed edges stiff so that I was able to knock them off with the sandpaper I used between coats. I was very pleased with how the bow looks and the edges of the cloth backing are very smooth. Although you probably wouldn't mistake it for real snakeskin, it is a very nice effect and likely provides better protection for the bow's back than real snakeskin. If you were using some other type of finish, it would be possible to carefully file the trimmed edge after the Titebond III fully cures. 

      Answered on 6/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The best way to trim this material is after it has dried and use a sharp knife.

      Answered on 6/27/2013 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      What I did is to put some painter tape along the belly where I did not want glue on. Applied the sizing coat of glue, reapply glue and fabric. Once dry, I used first an utility knife to trim the excess, then a small fine file to carefully make a neat edge. Came out nice, but take your time with both the utility knife and the file. The painter tape helps with following a line for the knife work and allow for a clean finishing job.

      Answered on 7/1/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I put a set of these on a glass-backed bow with the Barge cement method. The yellow color of the Barge bled through the fabric after a while and it looked really bad, so I removed it. Any suggestions about how to avoid this? The glass on the bow is black--, actually it's carbon.
    Asked on 6/7/2013 by Huntryx from Upstate NY

    7 answers

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      I build mostly hickory self bow's and I always use titebond 3 glue. let set
      for 24hr and the use a coat or 2 of polyurethane over the backing. never
      had a problem with color.

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by woodsman from Tennessee
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The best glue that I have found to work with these is Tite Bond lll. This will have a clear finish when it dries. The only draw back is that it is very hard to remove them from the bow if you decide to remove them later on.

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Use Titebond III . It works great.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      How about trying hde glue. It is clear and should be fine.

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I used both and had no problems yet.

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I used the titebond glue on my glass backed grizzly. It turned out great. Should have used a spreadable or brush applicated poly though. That would be what I recommend.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      The only way to avoid this is to use a clear glue, such as smooth - on for bow building....

      Answered on 6/10/2013 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What type of fabric is this
    Asked on 12/24/2012 by hj from castaic

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Cotton fabric.

      Answered on 12/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I  think it is a high grade cotton. Must be sealed to be durable.

      Answered on 12/25/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The artificial snakeskin backing is made from cloth.

      Answered on 12/29/2012 by Johnathan Karch from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have some artificial snake skins that I plan to use on a repaired bow but I do not have them with me here and I have not taken them out of the package yet to determine what type material it is. It appears to be a woven fabric of some kind. Sorry I don't know more at this time.

      Answered on 12/25/2012 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can you put a boa quiver over it or would i have to make a space where my quiver goes
    Asked on 12/9/2012 by Crit from Guys Mills, PA

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      the finish over the skins should protect them. Dad, Birch Run

      Answered on 12/10/2012 by Dad from Birch Run, MI
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      Have never tried putting a bow quiver on over the skin. I think any movement whould wear through the skin very quickly - John

      Answered on 12/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

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      Yes, you can put a Boa quiver over the backing. As long as you have a sealer over the top of the fabric you should not have any problems.

      Answered on 12/11/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    do they come in pairs or do i need to order 2
    Asked on 12/1/2012 by JJ from Hitchins,KY

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      It is just 1 but it is around 72" long, so it will cover the whole back
      of bow.

      Answered on 12/1/2012 by woodsman from Tennessee
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      one artificial skin will do a long bow.

      Answered on 12/2/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      one piece that is long enough for any bow

      Answered on 12/2/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It comes in one long strip, so you should probably only need one.

      Answered on 12/2/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Actuall it's one long piece, it covers quite a bit of length though
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 12/3/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

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      It comes in one long piece and it will do one bow.

      Answered on 12/3/2012 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
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