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pizzadave
08-20-2011, 06:45 AM
I have been out there shopping around and find there are just tons of options for string waxes. I bought a new Cheetah over the winter, and want to make sure I am using the best I can get. So basically my question is, what string wax do you all use, and any preference on what is the "BEST" I currently am using reg. old bohning tex-tite. The stuff has been around forever, so it must be alright, but just wondering if there is something better out there. Also, what all is necessary for lubricants? I haven't really used the bow much to need to re-lube it, but just curious what all should be done to allow the best operation possible. Any brand preference, etc. Thanks guys!

EnglishKev
08-20-2011, 07:35 AM
I have several types including the Bohning, and some I have mixed myself.
They all work well, but my goto wax for a while now has been StringSnot.
It is a little softer than most and works in really well.
It also seems to keep the string colors bright.
I don't wax every time I shoot, but do apply some at regular intervals to avoid the string drying out and starting to fray up.
I use just a little per application and work it in well using my fingers.

Kev

Hutch~n~Son Archery
08-20-2011, 12:48 PM
I use x wax from BCY it has an accelerator in the mix that soaks in the string. It acts like a lotion to the skin. Unlike Bohning which you have to heat up to melt in.


Hutch:cool:

Destroyer
08-20-2011, 03:33 PM
I currently am using reg. old bohning tex-tite.

Bohning Xcellerator Wax, slicker than ....... whatever lol! Won't use tex-tite on the latest materials anymore.

Simple Life
08-21-2011, 03:40 AM
Scorpion Venom Polymeric bowstring wax

peace
08-21-2011, 04:09 AM
Bohning Xcellerator Wax, slicker than ....... whatever lol! Won't use tex-tite on the latest materials anymore.

I've got the Bohning Seal-tite a silicone based product which is recommended for synthetic strings but it just doesn't seem to really be absorbed by the material no matter how much you heat it up by friction, and as soon as it cools it rises up off the string in clumps. The Astro Flight strings seem to be almost non-porous and so I use some Behold Furniture Polish which is milky white and a spray on liquid that seems to seep in between the individual strands. Whatever is clever.....

...obligatory fanboy statement follows...



Smarten Up and Martin Up

cyclepath
08-21-2011, 09:33 AM
I've been using OMP string wax of late, seems to be pretty good stuff. I have been using their arrow lube which works really good for pulling arrows out of 3d or foam targets. Haven't had it in the rain yet.

Destroyer
08-21-2011, 03:38 PM
it rises up off the string in clumps.

Yep, not good. :(

Hutch~n~Son Archery
08-21-2011, 05:17 PM
http://www.bcyfibers.com/150x72Xwax.jpg Bowstring X-Wax
New, smooth silicone formula; perfect for 452X and all other bowstrings. Scent free, water repellant and abrasion resistant. Excellent string penetration and protection. Capped twist dispenser; applicator included.


This is what I use

Hutch:cool:

Destroyer
08-21-2011, 07:22 PM
I use Bohning Xccelerator, but pricey for the amount.

Shocked me a bit when it turned up, didn't think it would be that small. ;)

peace
08-21-2011, 07:31 PM
I use Bohning Xccelerator, but pricey for the amount. My next is Scorpion Venom - has leather patch to work into the string. Work in, don't rub until it's hot - just work in good.

I never heat wax on the strings - bad idea.

The heat is generated by you working it into the strings, the friction of your fingers or your leather applicator is the only heat I am talking about, please believe I would never recommend another source of heat. Although your comment has made me think about a hair dryer, Naw! Well maybe, Naw! :cool:


I have also tried mink oil, and leather waterproofing, both silicone based wax products and they work well. I am always looking for household equivalents that may already be present in my home to use instead of packaged and marketed products. I am wary of products that are labeled exclusively for Archery as glues are glues and wax is wax. The material application and chemical ingredients are the only thing that is important, not the labeling or advertising hype. Daniel-san from Mr. Miaygi and peace out!


Smarten Up and Martin Up

Destroyer
08-21-2011, 11:57 PM
Anyone tried 30.06 Outdoors 'String Snot'?

Spiker
08-22-2011, 08:19 PM
Anyone tried 30.06 Outdoors 'String Snot'?

I've been using String Snot for the past year now and it has been working very well.

Double S
08-22-2011, 08:53 PM
I've been using the same tube of wax for about 2-3 years. UV Blocker made my Atsko.

pizzadave
08-23-2011, 06:10 AM
Thanks for all of these replies. So many options and opinions, but I am glad to hear if what works well for people. I have it in my signature if people noticed, but my strings are vaportrail strings. After what I have heard, I think I am gonna try x wax or scorpion venom.

boobowbender
08-23-2011, 01:21 PM
so how often are you guys waxing? my sting is pretty much shot from my trg, which is long gone, and needs to be replaced after season anyways.

Destroyer
08-23-2011, 03:05 PM
so how often are you guys waxing?.

Whenever I see a bit of fuzzing or signs of dryness, cant give you an actual time.

bfisher
08-23-2011, 03:24 PM
I've got the Bohning Seal-tite a silicone based product which is recommended for synthetic strings but it just doesn't seem to really be absorbed by the material no matter how much you heat it up by friction, and as soon as it cools it rises up off the string in clumps. The Astro Flight strings seem to be almost non-porous and so I use some Behold Furniture Polish which is milky white and a spray on liquid that seems to seep in between the individual strands. Whatever is clever.....

...obligatory fanboy statement follows...



Smarten Up and Martin Up

I've never cared for Seal-Tite or TexTite just for the reasons you are stating. It always seemed more like candle wax than anything else. Many years ago I started using BCY ML-6, a gummy silicon based wax recommended by BCY at the time. I'm on my second tube now and it'll probably last about ten years. Unlike some I don't overwax my strings; maybe 4 times a year I give them a good cleaning and rewax with the strings off the bow. As others I work up some heat using my fingers. Then put the strings back on the bow and use the old dental floss trick to remove any excess.

Since 1993 I've had 26 bows so rarely ever replace them. I just replace the bow. There have been a couple occasions when I wanted a different color or wanted to try some custom makers strings. Also, in the past I've had strings on a bow for as long as 8 years. That was a bow I shot for about 1 1/2 years and just hung it up while I shot newer ones. It's pretty rare for me to shoot one of my older bows. That's why I usually just sell them cheap or in some cases give them to some deserving teenager.

bfisher
08-23-2011, 04:25 PM
Yes, but Black Lightning does seem to work well on black strings. Honestly, I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between most of the newer waxes. Each string manufacturer has their own and then there are others. Most all that I know of have some silicon base which reduces friction between the strands, which is more important than surface wax. In fact, we in the know know that too much surface wax is just as bad as no wax at all.

Arrow Splitter
08-23-2011, 05:26 PM
Hmmm.. Nearing 7000 are we Barry?:rolleyes::D

Ehunter
08-23-2011, 05:50 PM
I've been using Bohning Xcellerator around the TRG, and Slick-T-T on the rest of the cables and string. Have had great success with them. I'm going to give Winners Choice string conditoner and cleaner a try though, since it is significantly cheaper.

I think Barry is just typing all he can to hit that 7,000 mark before anyone else. lol

Double S
08-23-2011, 05:59 PM
Whenever I see a bit of fuzzing or signs of dryness, cant give you an actual time.

Same here. if I see some whitening, peach fuzz I wax the strings. Rub it in good with my fingers then remove the excess with dental floss.

bfisher
08-24-2011, 05:07 AM
Hmmm.. Nearing 7000 are we Barry?:rolleyes::D

Honestly? I never even noticed, but now that you bring it up.........

Arrow Splitter
08-24-2011, 06:25 AM
I shouldn't be talking though, LOL, because my average posts per day are over 5.:D

Ehunter
08-29-2011, 12:26 PM
Just thought I'd give a quick report on the Winner Choice String care set. It has a cleaner, and a conditioner in one set. Rub the cleaner on, let it soak in for 3-5 minutes, then wipe off with a clean cloth. Then rub in the conditioner. Just did the strings and cables on one of my Onza's, and I really like this stuff. Cleaner works well, and removed alot more than I ever figured it would as new as the strings are. The conditioner is in a mini-deodorant style stick. It rubs in VERY well and easily. This is also the slickest stuff I have ever seen. It makes the strings so slick, they just slide between your fingers to rub the stuff in. Almost like a conditioning oil rather than a wax, but in wax form. Durability is still up for debate, but as cheap as this stuff is, and as little as it takes, one kit should last me for at least a year with 5 bows. I bought two kits, and it was only $15.00. Got them from Sportsmansguide.com. I think this stuff is certainly worth a look next time you are looking for a wax.

Destroyer
08-29-2011, 04:10 PM
Sounds interesting Ehunter, will have to check it out. :)