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How To Wax a Crossbow String [Secret Method for Beginners]

Waxing the crossbow string is very important as it helps to ensure a long lifespan for the bow. It also allows the shooting of the bolts at maximum velocity. Crossbow string’s fibers dry out over time. How to wax a crossbow string? It is recommended to wax the string almost every time before you use it. And you shouldn’t go without waxing your string for more than a month.


Waxing your crossbow string preserves its life by adding a protective layer between the string and the elements. The fibers fuzz-up as soon as the crossbow string gets dry. Fuzzy fibers will cause the bolts to strike less accurately. In addition, fuzzy fibers reduce arrow velocity by increasing string friction against the rail. And when you are hunting, fuzzy strings could get caught on leaves and twigs.

Preserves your shot accuracy.

The performance of the waxed string is better and constant than the unwaxed string. The bottom line is, a totally and evenly waxed string will provide the best performance.

Image result for BULLET point signKeeps velocity optimal

When it comes to why you need to wax your crossbow string, velocity might not be the most important issue, but it is an issue that needs to be considered. A string that is waxed is faster than a string that is dry. When you wax the string, you keep them protected and smooth. And when you shoot, the resistance against the wind and the rail becomes less.

Image result for BULLET point signReduced string stretch

Waxing your crossbow string actually helps the interior fibers and the exterior fibers of the string to maintain the proper consistency of the fibers. As a result, the string is less likely to get stretched over time. Strings are eventually going to stretch but added string stretch can be prevented by adding wax and making sure the fibers are well moisturized.


Use wax which is designed for waxing your bowstring. Do not use something like candle wax, because it has a much greater melting point so it will not provide the lubrication you want for your bowstring. The smell of the wax also should come into consideration, as some brands come with a strong chemical scent. For target shooting, it’s fine. But for hunting, any prey that is downwind of you most probably will smell it and may run away before even appearing within your sight.


It is too late if the string is frayed. Nonetheless, there are times when the string needs waxing, but it’s not fraying yet. Pinch your crossbow string and if your fingers don’t find any traces of wax, then you should wax your string immediately. But if your fingers soak onto wax then the string is lightly waxed and probably does not need anymore waxing.

When you notice one or two frayed fibers it means your string needs to be waxed. And just because there are a few frayed fibers on the string does not mean you have to throw away your string in the trash. However, if the number of frayed fibers is too many, then you may well think about replacing the string.


Waxing your string shouldn’t take longer than 5-7 minutes.

Related image  The first step of waxing crossbow string is to get rid of the old wax as much as possible (If there’s any). Wax removing process; to remove any large portions, use a putty knife.

Related image Then, take a cut of dental floss and tie a fitted loop around the bowstring. Now, watch the rest of the crusty, old wax peel off by dragging it down the string.

Related image The way you should wax your string is actually really simple. Even though the over-all idea is same, there are some slight differences in what you have to do depending on the wax type you use.

Related image Let’s walk through the simple steps of waxing your string.

Related image It’s very easy to wax with a tube. Take the tube and simply apply it on the string like a lipstick. Make sure you get a pretty fine layer of wax on your crossbow string. After that, glide the wax all over the string with your fingers to make sure every the wax touches every portion of the string.

Related image Your fingers heat will cause the melting of the wax into the string and coating the fibers, that is key to have a fine coating of wax.

Related image If your wax comes in an older tub-style container, just pinch some off with your fingers. A pea-size amount should do it. Now, heat the wax-up a bit by rolling it around your fingers.

Related image If you don’t wish to do this, pop the wax out and hold the whole thing with your hand, then rub the wax onto your string. Once you do that, rub the wax back and forth with your fingers to make sure you get the full coverage of the string.

Related image In case you have a recurve crossbow, you also should make sure that the tips of the limbs are coated with a small layer. Just to make sure the string part that is covering those limbs are also coated.


If you shoot with your crossbow pretty consistently, it is recommended to wax your string every week or so. Some people suggest doing it every fifty shots or so. On the other hand, there are some who don’t even shoot their crossbow fifty times in a whole season, so this suggestion shouldn’t apply to you if you don’t.

It is recommended to wax your crossbow string every ten shots or so.

A smooth string is a quicker and more accurate string, but you obviously don’t want to over-wax, so apply your gut on this one.If you are an irregular user of the crossbow, it is recommended to wax the string almost every time before you use it. And you shouldn’t go without waxing your string for more than a month. The instant your string starts to fray, it is too late. You shouldn’t let that happen. Your string is not going to get damaged if your wax it more often. The same doesn’t apply to rail lube, which can cause mechanical errors if you use it too often.

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