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wood carver 2
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I have been re-finishing an old Darton recurve. I have gotten the old varnish off using a mild paint and varnish stripper and I have sanded the riser to 120 grit. The glass ( green glass ) looks streaky as if it was sanded. I was going to sand it lightly by hand with fine grit before varnishing.
What grit should I sand to? I don't want to lose any draw weight as it's just legal for moose hunting here. I want to take it along as a backup bow.
Dave.

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If you sand the limbs very much you will lose weight. I use 220 grit to sand limbs when building.

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180 or 220. Hand sanding with 220 on the glass will not change the weight much unless you really get carried away. Just stop when you get to bare glass.

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Thanks guys.I barely touched the limbs, mostly the edges to clean up some dings and what looked like rasp marks.
Any ideas for re-attaching the original decal? I was able to remove it intact before stripping the bow. The bow has a couple of coats of spray poly on it now and it's looking much nicer than before.
I want to get a few more coats on it and make a seal skin rest and strike plate for it, then I'll try and post a picture.
Dave.

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