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Author Topic: fletchings don't stay glued on  (Read 860 times)

Offline kjb-4320

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fletchings don't stay glued on
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:44:02 PM »
hey guys it's been awhile since I've been on , but here's my question the fletchings will not stay on my aluminium shafts, so whats wrong @--0--0117
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 10:06:10 PM »
is the shaft clean? that's normally the problem
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 10:15:50 AM »
way back when i would dip my aluminium arrow in something can't remember what before we would Fletch them I had a long tube maybe 8 inches and put in some liquid that would ad hear to the arrow let dry then the Fletch would stick better
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 10:23:28 AM »
KJB - welcome back.  Yari's comment would be my first recommendation too - wipe the shafts down with alcohol before you glue things up.  Also wipe down the base of your vanes as well.

Next question:  What are you using for adhesive (flex-tite, tape, super glue . . . . ?)  Are you gluing on vanes or feathers? 

I haven't done any of my own arrows in recent years (once I switched to carbon arrows I never went back to get the right adapters for my jig) but have seen some plastic vanes get a little chalky on the surface after sitting in the supply box for a while - I suspect if you didn't wipe that off before you glued the bond wouldn't be very good.  Super glue is not very good if your arrows get wet, the stuff seems to break down in moisture, so I just wouldn't use it.  I had good luck with the tape but it's tedious.  Good old Fletch-tite is what I used the most, but even that stuff gets kind of gnarly after the tube is open for a while, so you might just need to buy a fresh tube.
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 07:19:34 PM »
Yep cleaning the shafts and vanes with denatured alcohol and using Bohning's platinum fletch-tite, and placing a small drop on each end of the vane 
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2017, 12:34:09 AM »
is it just a few (1 or 2) or all of your arrows...crossbow or standard (compound, re-curve etc.) what style rest, assuming arrows are carbon or composite materials...some glues will adhere great on some materials but not on others especially carbon/glass composites...also some pvc fletching/vanes do not take adhesives well...may also be silicon contamination causing the whole problem...just food for thought...

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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2017, 06:18:04 AM »

I would clean them up good with denatured alcohol or Acetone, as you are doing.  I would also clean the vanes where they contact the shaft.  Any residue on the vanes will have the same effect and cause them not to adhere completely.  Wipe them off aftyer you put them in the clamp to avaid getting any oil from you hands on them with getting them set up.

Are you using enough glue and getting consistent pressure from the jig?  check the jigs as you place them on the arrow, make sure the vane is making complete contact it's entire length on both sides of the jig.   Do not push down so hard on the vane that you push all the glue out.  Make sure it is making full contact but do not push it too tight against the shaft (this varies with the type of jig, I am familiar with the Jo-Jan setup.) You want enough glue such that you can see a small seam of it along the vane but not so much it is running out.

As my bows started getting faster I had more an more issue with the Bohning glue products and sent to straight up super glue, crazy glue or similar.  You have to work a little faster and be more careful with getting glue on the jig but it held well.   I would still put a small dab on each end of the vanes as I pulled them out of the jig.

Super glue is not to bad to scrape off of aluminum when it comes time to replace one, it can be a bear to remove from some carbon arrows.
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2017, 06:56:39 AM »
I had that problem with my carbon arrows and started using an arrow wrap then glued the fletchings to the wrap.
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2017, 08:42:50 PM »
right now it's just a few of my aluminum hunting arrows,  it's just a regular compound bow with a whisker biscuit rest, I'm using the same arrows that I've redone before with out a problem , I'm using a Arizona easy fletch, and plastic vanes on aluminum arrows, i cleaned the arrows and the vanes with denatured alcohol really good this time we'll see if that works better, thanks guys for the help on this one
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 09:37:15 PM »
Ahh, this makes more sense now.  Whisker biscuits are rough on fletching. I tried one once and ended up removing it and going with another rest option for just this reason.
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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 09:08:30 PM »
Ditto on what Hunt Master & MI_Bowhunter said ;)

I had a heck of time getting my Blazer vanes to stay on my Carbon Express arrows. I ended up ordering a lot of blank shrink wraps but I one thing I didn't want was the whole shrink wrap on my arrows so I cut them down to 2.75". It worked out pretty slick and solved my issues.

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Re: fletchings don't stay glued on
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 10:08:41 PM »
I replaced the plastic vanes with feathers on all my aluminum arrows and didn't have any problems with the fletching staying on. 
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