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Haze under the finish. How to fix it.

Messages posted to thread:
Phil Magistro 11-Mar-19
Buckdancer 12-Mar-19
Phil Magistro 12-Mar-19
RobertFl 12-Mar-19
Big Nine 12-Mar-19
bbaker 15-Mar-19
Buckdancer 16-Mar-19
jimreed 16-Mar-19
Buckdancer 16-Mar-19
Buckdancer 16-Mar-19
bodymanbowyer 17-Mar-19
fdp 17-Mar-19
Phil Magistro 17-Mar-19
From: Phil Magistro
Date: 11-Mar-19




I mistakenly hit a button and deleted this thread. It was a mistake and I apologize.

I hope the original poster will post again.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 12-Mar-19




Ok . Mistakingly deleted Let’s try again . I have a new to me bow that has a milky haze under the gloss finish on the riser only .the limbs are Beautiful Crystal clear . So any recommendations On how to get rid of it . I said I was going to try a product By mohawk refinishing products Called Amalgamator

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 12-Mar-19




In my experience the only way to get rid of haze in the finish is to refinish the bow. You can try an approach yorktown5 (Rick Rappe) has mentioned here before - soften the finish with a refinishing product, moosh it around and let it dry without removing it. I have my doubts that it will work in this case because the haze may be caused by a number of things including a reaction within the old finish.

From: RobertFl Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Mar-19




Is the riser wood a "oily" wood? Like Bocote, Cocobolo or other Rosewoods. I had a bow 20 years ago that would get a cloudy milky look to it if it got rained on, but would clear up after it dried out. My wife had a custom built bow that had spots like you described but all over the bow, the Bowyer refinished it 3 times before it stayed clear. He said he had a bad batch of finish. Deet in bug spray can wreck a bows finish too, in the 1980s I got some on a painted riser grip once, melted the grip area paint into a sticky mess..

From: Big Nine
Date: 12-Mar-19




I have a Red Wing Hunter with Rosewood that did the same thing as RoboetFI stated. When it got rained on the riser would turn milky in one spot.

I took a hair drier and heated that spot, then took a straight pin and poked that area several time. heated again to almost hot to touch. Has not come back since.

From: bbaker
Date: 15-Mar-19




Just the opposite, I have a red wing hunter that the limbs looked streaked and one limb looked as if rained on it and left spots. Tried cleaning and waxing with little success.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 16-Mar-19




If I have to strip the finish off would you use zipsrip like when you strip furniture ?

From: jimreed
Date: 16-Mar-19




Please show a pic of the milky haze. thanks.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 16-Mar-19

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From: Buckdancer
Date: 16-Mar-19

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From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 17-Mar-19




Possible to many coats of satin or flat sealer was used to make it smooth. Gloss only epoxy sealer for me. Then two coats of flat or satin. That way it will not get all milky. JF

From: fdp
Date: 17-Mar-19




If you have to remove the finish I suggest that you scrape the finish off. I personally won't use ANY chemical stripper on a laminated bow. You never really know if, when, or how the chemical makeup of the product may have been changed. And you never really know what affect that change may have on the glue up.

I know there are losts of folks who do use them, But I'm not going to.

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 17-Mar-19




Even though I use mostly rattle cans I follow the same process when I want a satin finish. Gloss first then satin on top.





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