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Item Number: STAINOX
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Price: $10.99
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3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hunting (6)
  • Target practice (5)
  • Competition (3)
  • Stump shooting (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Looks Beautiful On Cedar

I used the Sunset Cedar. It penatrates very well, Used Bohning Blue-Clear sealer,and was compatable. Make sure you prep shafts with 500 grit sand paper or 0000 Steal Wool, I used rubber...Read complete review

I used the Sunset Cedar. It penatrates very well, Used Bohning Blue-Clear sealer,and was compatable. Make sure you prep shafts with 500 grit sand paper or 0000 Steal Wool, I used rubber gloves on both hands,then put a cheap $2 glove liner on one hand. Dipped my index finger to the first nuckle and then rubbed together with thumb. Started at middle of shaft to one end, turn a quarter turn and repeat.Turn around and do same to other side.Then wipe dry with napkin.Re-dip finger and repeat on other arrows. Let dry for a day, then sand smooth 0000 Steal Wool. Avoid putting to much by rubbing back and forth, as it can get too dark and is dificult to correct. 0000 Steal Wool also works great inbetween coats of sealer. This way worked for me, have fun with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nope. Try the Alcohol based stain

I understand the stain will be darker in the softer growth rings and lighter in the dense grain. I can understand and even appreciate that effect.

But this stain was splotchy...Read complete review

I understand the stain will be darker in the softer growth rings and lighter in the dense grain. I can understand and even appreciate that effect.

But this stain was splotchy regardless of growth rings. Stain was shaken and thoroughly mixed. Shafts were cleaned first with lacquer thinner and I first tried toweling the stain, letting it soak for about a minute, then wiping with clean cloth. Poor results. Results improved a little when I hand dipped each shaft and let soak 3-4 minutes then wiped, but still less than acceptable.

Instructional sheet recommended alcohol based stain, but that information came only in the shipment--not on the website at time of order. I asked questions before I tried to apply it and the replies that came in gave the oil based stain a thumbs up saying it would be fine. It wasn't.

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1.0

Horrible.

By 

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Recreational Archer

Pros

    Cons

    • Inconsistent

    Best Uses

      Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

      The product didn't work, it had splotchy results, and ruined my arrows. All that means is that I have to spend another $ on arrow shafts and another 5 hours of my life hand cutting nocks.

       
      2.0

      Nope. Try the Alcohol based stain

      By 

      from Western Kentucky

      About Me Recreational Archer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Inconsistent

        Best Uses

          Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

          I understand the stain will be darker in the softer growth rings and lighter in the dense grain. I can understand and even appreciate that effect.

          But this stain was splotchy regardless of growth rings. Stain was shaken and thoroughly mixed. Shafts were cleaned first with lacquer thinner and I first tried toweling the stain, letting it soak for about a minute, then wiping with clean cloth. Poor results. Results improved a little when I hand dipped each shaft and let soak 3-4 minutes then wiped, but still less than acceptable.

          Instructional sheet recommended alcohol based stain, but that information came only in the shipment--not on the website at time of order. I asked questions before I tried to apply it and the replies that came in gave the oil based stain a thumbs up saying it would be fine. It wasn't.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Good stuff

          By 

          from Oberlin, KS

          About Me Recreational Archer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • 3D Targets
            • Hunting
            • Stump Shooting
            • Target Practice

            Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

            Very good product. I order the grey and at first didn't like the color but after two coats and letting it dry it grew on me. As far as the stain itself I loved it. Coated evenly and penetrates the wood. Next time probably will try a different color just for fun. 3R had great service!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Good stuff

            By 

            from Ferry County, Wa

            About Me Recreational Archer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Can blotch up

            Best Uses

            • Hunting
            • Stump Shooting
            • Target Practice

            Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

            Bought with 2 dozen arrows and they look much better than my last ones that i didn't stain. I love the greybark! Easy to apply too. Just be sure to wipe off excess. Left too much on a couple arrows and they lost their rings.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            I'm impressed

            By 

            from Manila, UT

            About Me Competitive Archer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Penetration

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • 3D Targets
              • Hunting
              • Stump Shooting
              • Target Practice

              Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

              I have the greybark stain and quite frankly, I'm impressed with the look of this stain. I put the same dozen arrows through my bow about 20ish times now and virtually no wear marks or discoloration. Very good product. I will probably try the other two colors shortly.

              Service and delivery comments:

              I am also very pleased with the customer service and prompt delivery from 3rivers. Good company that will have my business for years to come!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Looks Beautiful On Cedar

              By 

              from Alice, Texas

              About Me Recreational Archer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Good Penetration
              • Well Crafted

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Target Or Hunting

                Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

                I used the Sunset Cedar. It penatrates very well, Used Bohning Blue-Clear sealer,and was compatable. Make sure you prep shafts with 500 grit sand paper or 0000 Steal Wool, I used rubber gloves on both hands,then put a cheap $2 glove liner on one hand. Dipped my index finger to the first nuckle and then rubbed together with thumb. Started at middle of shaft to one end, turn a quarter turn and repeat.Turn around and do same to other side.Then wipe dry with napkin.Re-dip finger and repeat on other arrows. Let dry for a day, then sand smooth 0000 Steal Wool. Avoid putting to much by rubbing back and forth, as it can get too dark and is dificult to correct. 0000 Steal Wool also works great inbetween coats of sealer. This way worked for me, have fun with it.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Fast shipping even for UPS Ground. Love the tracking number,lets me know exactly were its at and when to expect it.

                 
                5.0

                Great Results!

                By 

                from Barony of Tir Ysgithr, Atenveldt

                About Me Competitive Archer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Competition
                    • Hunting
                    • Reenactment
                    • Target Practice

                    Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

                    I couldn't find a "greybark" color among hardware store stains so I sprung for 3Rivers' product...I chose the oil-based because I wanted to stain and seal in one product...a few shakes and rubbed-on my Port Orford Cedar shafts (after hand-straightening them), and they dried quickly with excellent results! The deep finish after one application allowed the wood grain to show through as I desired, and a light sanding with very-fine sponge removed the bit of sap from the shaft (I could have done that first but it still worked fine). Terrific, one-step product!

                     
                    5.0

                    Satisfied Traditional Hunter!

                    By 

                    from Ladd,IL

                    About Me Recreational Archer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Covers well

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Hunting
                      • Target Practice

                      Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

                      Applies easy. Not too dark or light. Very satisfied with results.

                       
                      5.0

                      3Rivers O.B.A.S.

                      By 

                      from Hendersonville,N.C.

                      About Me Recreational Archer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Very Straight
                      • Well Crafted

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Competition

                        Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

                        First of all you have to make sure that you shake this product well. And then you're ready to get those shafts dipped. OH,YEAH it soaks in the wood well too.

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Stain

                        By 

                        from Liverpool, TX

                        About Me Recreational Archer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Execellent Color

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Competition
                          • Hunting

                          Comments about 3Rivers Oil Based Arrow Stain:

                          I used the Sunset Cedar with cedar shafts purchased at 3Rivers and they turned out beautiful. Great product and I am very happy with it.

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