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    • critch
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      I borrowed an older recurve bow from my nephew for my wife to use. He had it covered it a camo tape that has left a lot of residue. What can I clean the bow with?

      I was thinking of soap and water and make sure I dry it well.

    • David Bartlett
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      I have used alcohol based hand sanitizer for pitch and sticky stuff with good results. WD-40 also works well, which can then be removed with soap and water.

    • Troy Breeding
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      Goof Off,,, I think that is the correct name.

    • critch
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      Thank ya’ll. I have some of those cleaners, I’ll try them.

    • jpc
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      Critch wrote: Thank ya’ll. I have some of those cleaners, I’ll try them.

      If soap and water do not work

      Use sand paper then canned warnish on a side and a nice snake skin glued on other side

      Easy, fast and nice

    • critch
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      I dug some stuff called Goo Gone out of the cabinet and sprayed the bow with it. It smells like citrus oil. Anyway, I tried cleaning with a paper towel and it wouldn’t come off. So I sprayed some more and came back about 20 minutes later and it darn near just wiped off. It only took me about 30 more minutes to get every bit of the residue off and wipe the bow down and dry it. I put a very light coat of furniture oil on the bow to protect it.

      I keep thinking this is a Pearson bow, but I can’t find the word Pearson anywhere. It has the AMO and poundage marked and a serial number and that’s it…anyway, nice light bow.

    • Stumpkiller
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      Goo Gone is good stuff.

      But I usually use cigarette lighter fluid (napthalene). Removes most glues and adhesives without hurting the finish.

    • David Bartlett
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      Stumpkiller wrote: Goo Gone is good stuff.

      But I usually use cigarette lighter fluid (napthalene). Removes most glues and adhesives without hurting the finish.

      I remember as a kid, my mother would use lighter fluid to get bubble gum out of our hair. It worked great, but it could also be why I don’t have much hair anymore.:D

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