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Heat to Release Smooth On
« on: March 03, 2019, 03:15:15 PM »
I made the mistake of depending on memory instead of my notes and had a bow come in way over poundage. I'd like to save my riser to use in another bow. Has anyone tried using a heat gun to release Smooth on? 

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2019, 03:18:03 PM »
It should work, I used it to peel the glass on my recurve that blew up  a while back. got the glass started peeling at one end and peeled it off both sides , then sawed the lams off and ground the riser back down. The regrinding was the hardest part of it all...
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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2019, 03:34:48 PM »
Thanks Kenny, I'll give it a try.

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2019, 03:38:49 PM »
I made the mistake of depending on memory instead of my notes.

I can relate to that Travis....

But I'd forget where I put my notes...

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 03:39:02 PM »
Chad told me the glass doesn’t bond as well as wood and I found the same. Once it started I just ripped it off . Course I was a little put out about the blow up.
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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 05:15:07 PM »
Yeah how easy that glass will peel of the wood is kinda scary. Makes a guy wonder how a bow even holds up like it does. :scared:
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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 06:43:06 PM »
I'm not happy with myself over the mistake, I ruined a really nice set of veneers I got from Kenny. I did find out that an extra 0.020 of stack adds over 20 pounds. I had a hell of a time getting the thing strung.

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2019, 06:48:39 PM »
Yeah how easy that glass will peel of the wood is kinda scary. Makes a guy wonder how a bow even holds up like it does. :scared:

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2019, 07:54:14 PM »
I had a riser develop a hairline crack one time. I used a heat gun and removed the g10 and horn backing on the riser and cut in a g10 ibeam. Glued the same overlay back on and still shoots to this day.
Just go slow and don’t heat the riser itself to much.
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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2019, 10:36:34 PM »
Use a heat gun to carefully peel the back glass off the bow.  Then glue thinner glass back on to reduce the poundage.  Call me if you need details on how to do this.

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2019, 10:54:31 PM »
Dang Chad, I should've ask before I messed with it. I tried to see how much poundage I could get off by narrowing the limbs and trapping it. I lost a lot of stability in the process. What you said would've worked perfectly. I was off exactly 0.020.

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2019, 11:22:46 PM »
"Use a heat gun to carefully peel the back glass off the bow.  Then glue thinner glass back on to reduce the poundage.  Call me if you need details on how to do this."-Holm-Made


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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2019, 12:25:51 AM »
Quite easy.  My sons bow was a fancy bow for a customer with air bubbles under the glass on both back and belly.  I reglassed both sides.  He has left it strung for three years and shot two does with it.  It works best if the bow is full width but can be done after it is profiled.

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2019, 05:16:38 AM »
Chad, I looked at your HomePage and you make some nice bows.

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2019, 03:44:03 PM »
Yes he does..

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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2019, 08:01:34 PM »
I really wish I would've ask the question before I ground the edges of my limbs chads plan would've saved the bow, the glass came off perfectly. Clean up fairly easy, I think it would've been a little tougher with a maple cored bow, the bamboo is soft enough it grinds of easily. Thanks for all the info.



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Re: Heat to Release Smooth On
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2019, 06:55:05 PM »
But you saved the riser, a very good looking riser. Hope the next one is perfect. I got a form from crookedstic and hope to get brave enough to try one of these glass bows this summer.


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