I don't about the rest of you but I want perfection when I fletch my Arrows. I like many others use wraps on my arrows and got tired of the vanes ripping off at various times. Everybody seems to love "Loctite" the super glue control gel with the blue top. The vanes that I am using are the quickspin hunters. NAP's own website infers that they are difficult to fletch and that you should take fine sandpaper to the base. I found that out later after I had several failed attempts with the first three below. later I started sanding and I even went a step further and lightly sanded the wrap surface to help better the bonding area.
Loctite super glue control gel
Locitite Stik'n Seal Ultra (universal Adhesive)
Goat tuff Premium
Gorilla Glue Super glue Impact tough
Simply I fletched several arrows with quick spins following instructions, and for some waiting well past the recommended setup time. After they had their full time to adhere according to directions (Fletch tite 24hrs before shooting) I would attempt to rip the vane off of the wrapped arrow. After all the different glue attempts there are winners, losers and some that should never have competed....
Will start from the bootom and move up.
5. Fletch-Tite was a joke. It took a long time to bond and that bond was week. even after 36hrs drying time I could rip it off easily.
4. Goat Tuff Premium was not much better but a faster drying time, still came off too easy.
Tie for second place
2.5 Loctite super glue control gel (Blue cap) relatively good adhesion, but a pain to squeeze out of the bottle. I had a fast set up time, fast adhesion. Problem was that it was somewhat brittle. Not always, but if the gel was not perfectly covering the base the vane would rip off. I could rip this one off as well but it took a lot more effort than those that came before.
2.5 Loctite Stik'n Seal Ultra Universal adhesive Slightly edges out the control gel for strength and adhesion, but loses out on the set up time 30 minutes + per vane (too long). As for adhesion I really couldn't rip this off. A good glue, just takes to much time to fletch a dozen arrows.
1. The winner... Gorilla Super Glue Impact Tough. I tried this out of frustration, saw it at home depot and said what the he... Why does this one win: Set up time is seconds, adhesion is incomparable (I'll explain). I stated earlier how I would lightly sand the vanes and wraps to attain better adhesion. I was frustrated when I got to the gorilla glue and just put a layer on the vane and attached waited 10 minutes and tried to rip it off. Ten minutes and these vanes that had been so stubborn to attach the recommended glues, would not even budge! I would need to rip the wrap off to remove. Which if you are having to replace vanes on a wrap you need to re-wrap because of an remaining adhesives left behind that would interfere with the bonding of the new vane. Another great point is that this glue is cheaper than all the others, you get more glue than in the loctite gel for a little less.
Gluing some of the other vanes may not be as hard as the quickspins have been but any future fletching that I do will be with the gorilla glue.
I hope this helps a few of you out there that were or are getting frustrated with soemthing that should be relatively easy. Good luck and enjoy.