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Artificial Snakeskin Backing

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  • Q:

    Can you use this material under clear fiber glass like a very thin veneer? i thought it might look nicer under the glass like a veneer rather then glueing it on top.
    Asked on 4/13/2015 by none from canada

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I do not recommend using the skins underneath the glass, the lamination's will not be held tightly together and the limbs will separate.

      Answered on 4/14/2015 by Keith from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I have seen this done I saw it on a high end custom bow, either a Morrison
      or a Silver tip, not sure which one it was. The archer had them apply camo
      materiel that was once his fathers applied under the clear glass. I'm not
      sure how it was prepped in order to ensure proper bonding, but it looked
      very nice. I personally would be a little skeptical about trying this
      because of the possible bonding issue. Perhaps you could contact one of
      these custom bow makers. Hope this helps and good luck.

      Answered on 4/14/2015 by fjm from PA.
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      Sorry, I really don't know the answer to that - sure would look good though. I wonder if it would be compatible with the glue for the other laminates. Good luck.

      Answered on 4/14/2015 by Buckhorn73 from Ontario, Canada
  • Q:

    If I wanted to put these on a Damon Howatt Hunter would I need to strip the finish and then glue these to the fiberglass or can I apply them over the finish and then just spray another few coats over these?

    Thanks, Dylan
    Asked on 3/15/2015 by Tracker

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      To glue to a already finished surface you have to rough it up with
      sandpaper or file so the glue has something to stick too. Broken hacksaw
      blades work well too.

      Answered on 3/16/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I would recommend roughing the surface up somewhat before applying the backing. Then apply finish over the top.

      Answered on 3/16/2015 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Can the Titebond glue be used to apply artificial skin to a glass bow ?
    Asked on 3/13/2015 by bigdog from Athens , Al

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I used a contact cement instead of tite bond. Worked well for me.
      Dan & Wendy McConnell
      Huntsville, ON

      Answered on 3/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, it works very well.
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

      Answered on 3/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It would probably work but it would be better to use a clear epoxy style
      glue they are more likely to do a better job plus tight bond dries yellow

      Answered on 3/14/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would imagine it could - seems to work on anything and well, however I have never tried that application. Hopefully someone with more extensive experience will be a little more definite. Personally, I would save the Titebond for wood applications and would use a glue less permanent in the event you may want to change later as invariably happens with a glass backed bow.Frank

      Answered on 3/14/2015 by Buckhorn73 from Ontario, Canada
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, Make sure the glass is wax and grease free . I like to scuff the glass
      up a little with sand paper before applying a coat of Titebond. I don't
      like to put any deep scratches in it with coarse paper, just in case I want
      to remove the cloth later. All the grades of Titebond have worked for me.
      Remember to keep working it flat for a period of time before letting it dry
      completely and trimming the edges. The diamondback cloth looks especially
      nice over green fiberglass . The cloth has green undertones to it and looks
      great.

      Answered on 3/14/2015 by fjm from PA.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is possible to use Titebond but you must wrap the limb and snakeskin
      with a cotton wrap or ace bandage until the glue is dry. Remember that
      Titebond needs air to dry.
      I prefer to use contact cement(weldwood brush on). You do not have to wrap
      the limb, just smooth out any air pockets before the cement dries
      good luck

      Answered on 3/15/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes

      Answered on 3/16/2015 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    do you soak in water before glueing with tite bond 3
    Asked on 1/2/2015 by rover brewer from tn

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I do soak the skin first, but using a towel I get most of the moisture off
      the skin.
      Tony T

      Answered on 1/3/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, I like to wet it in warm water for a minute or two before putting the
      cloth or even real snakeskins on the bow limbs. I like to wipe any excess
      water off using the thumb and index finger before placement on the limbs
      which are smeared with a light , but complete film of glue masking tape on
      other side of limb helps getting glue where you don't want it.
      I think the secret is constantly working ,flattening, and adjusting ,if
      necessary. especially in the bent parts of the limbs. Hold it up to the
      light at angles to check for excess glue bumps, wrinkles, ect. When you
      like the looks of the surface, let it dry in a warm place for a day or two.
      Do a rough trim with scissors , then a final trim with a sharp knife. The
      cloth does not cut as clean as real snake skins in my opinion , but it can
      be done and you may have to tack down the edges with superglue or something
      like it. Just make sure your careful when using superglue. Don't get any
      onto the fiberglass if you can help it.
      Hope this helps.

      Answered on 1/2/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes

      Answered on 1/5/2015 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Would this product help protect a sinew backed bow in rain or high humidity?
    Asked on 7/31/2014 by Germanic Archer from Oostburg, WI

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      After you put it on, you can seal it, which would help protect the bow as well.

      Answered on 8/4/2014 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      no not really its just for looks the only real way to protect a sinew
      backed bow from weather is to put a coating of some kind of varnish or
      lacquer on it. Weather concerns are just something you have to live with if
      you are building a primitive bow

      Answered on 8/1/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No. Real snake skin is waterproof and is used to protect sinew backed bows from the elements. This with a combination of many layers of lacquer should help protect a sinew backed bow.

      Answered on 8/2/2014 by Anonymous
  • 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

    • 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
    • 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
  • 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

      A:

      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

      A:

      I don't think it would.

      Answered on 2/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      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
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      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
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      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

      A:

      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
  • 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

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      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
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      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

      A:

      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
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      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

      A:

      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

      A:

      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
    • 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.
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      NO this is just for looks

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

    • 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
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

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

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

      A:

      Titebond 3 worked well for me.
      Sent from my iPhone

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

      A:

      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
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