Finishes,. Part II.
There was a time when Bohning pretty much had cornered the market on
arrow finishes. With the development of other finishes, I would guess that
there are now more people using other products. However, since the product
has been around for a long time and does work very well I will devote some
time to describing its use.
Probably the best feature of using Bohning lacquer is that it is compatible
with all of their products including their lacquer dips, stains, cresting
paints, thinner and Fletch-Tite glue. All of these products are made to
work together. I would suggest that if you use Bohning clear finish that
you use their other products as well. You will not have any problems with
compatibility of material. You must use the Fletch-Tite glue as other glues
such as Duco will not stick to the Bohning finish. The clear lacquer comes
in three forms, Clear, Blue Clear, and Super Coat . The Super Coat is supposed
to be a more durable finish, while the Blue Clear is supposed to enhance
the bright colors when placed over their cap dip paints and cresting paints.
The Blue Clear is also supposed to prevent yellowing with age. Personally,
I used the Blue Clear quite a bit and it works very well. I dont
know that I ever had any arrows that lasted long enough to see if the finished
yellowed over time. Probably the worst characteristic of the Bohning finish
is the smell. It has a very strong odor and you need to use it in an area
with good ventilation. My wife always complained about the smell even when
I was dipping arrows in the garage.
Using the finish is really a snap. One of the best ways to clear dip
a lot of arrows in pretty short order is to get a 4" aluminum dip
tube and fill it full of the clear finish. You can purchase an arrow holder
that will hold 12 shafts at once (See photo). After you dip, just hang
the rack of shafts over some newspaper and let them dry. It usually take
about an hour for the finish to dry depending on temperature and humidity.
If you dont make a lot of arrows, then the best thing to use is the
Little Dipper dip tube. These tubes have an enlarged reservoir at the top
and a screw-on cap. You can store your clear lacquer in the tube and then
dip your shafts one at a time. Hang the arrows up by using a clothes pin.
You can prop the shafts against at wall, but be careful because it is real
easy to knock them over resulting in a big mess. It will take two or three
coats to produce a smooth, consistent finish. Use some #000 steel wool
between finishes for the smoothest finish. If you like to leave a satin
finish then use the #000 steel wool after the final dip as well as between