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Written by Marty Bostick   
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
In reviewing my popular search keywords and phrases on, I noticed a trend that many folks have been trying to find out how to properly resin a bow.  Well, I thought I would give my two cents on it since I seem to do it about once a day, so here goes....
Let's assume for a minute that your cake of resin is brand new and has never been used.  In this case, take a car key or maybe some similar object and rub the "Tooth" edge of the key on the surface of the resin.  Scratch the resin cake up until it is fairly chalky or white on the surface.
After you have done this, shake it to get the big particles off and then proceed to applying the resin on the bow.
Begin by tightening the bow a little more than you would normally use it.  Be careful not to over-tighten it and lose the curve of the bow because it is too tight.  Now, hold the resin in one hand (you might want to use a cloth if you have one to put underneath it) and the bow in the other.  Start applying it by running the bow about 3 or 4 inches back in forth to get it started.  Now run the bow across the resin (not the other way around contrary to popular belief) in a long bow stroke.  When you reach the top few inches of the bow near the tip, perform the same small back in forth motions you did at the bottom.  What you are accomplishing by this is to break up the resin layer at both ends of the bow and then spread it evenly across the length of it.....I bet you didn't know there was that much science to it did you? :)
Everyone is a little different about how much resin to apply, so in my opinion, do this process about five or six times and you should get a pretty liberal coat of resin on the bow.  I often tap the bow on the stick side to knock off any excess resin that may have gotten picked up along the way.  Now loosen the bow just a bit to the level that you usually play with and you are ready to go.
I would like to also take a moment to mention resin build-up on the strings.  You may not realize it, but resin will start to build up a good bit on the strings and you will eventually lose some of the luster your instrument produces in tone if it gets to bad.  I have found that you will at some point get a happy medium after a certain amount of resin is on the strings, but too much and you will start to get a lot of squeaks and abrupt sounds coming from it.
Just make sure that you use a lint-free/oil-free cloth to clean the strings and you should be fine.
Hopefully this will assist all that have been looking for this information.
This article is purely my biased opinion on resining techniques, so take it for what it is worth!
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