The VERY best adhesive for vanes or feathers is Bhoning Flex Bond. Just be sure to PROPERLY clean the shafts with either Ajax or Old Dutch cleanser and HOT water then rinse with HOT water and air dry.
HOT MELT adhesive is all I will put inserts in with because you warm the point and adjust them if need. Any other adhesive will ruin the shafts if you have to adjust them. I WILL NOT BUY ANY SHAFTS FROM THE CLASSIFIED UNLESS THEY GLUED WITH HOT MELT.
I've used several different glues for fletching over the years. But when Mike Carter(Crackers Strings) turned me on to Saunders NPV archery adhesive, I won't use anything else. It only takes a couple minutes to set up enough to remove the clamp, you can shoot it after 30min. and is cured fully over night. Instant glues are brittle and you can peal the fletching off easily. Flexbond takes forever to dry in the clamp, but is tough. NPV is so tough you can't pull the vane off without tearing it. It also has a very long shelf life if you don't open it. You can get it from Saunders and now Lancaster archery sells it now. Try a tube of it and you will never want to use anything else.
G-Team Pro Premium Fletching Glue. You will find that you will use less using this stuff and it sets up FASSSST! Call Cheri at 954-588-2234 and order yourself a bottle or more today. Every shop that I let try was very impressed. :thumb:
Yes some super glues, cyanoacrylate, are brittle, but some have additives that give them some flex and impact strength. I have used the loctite gel super glue mentioned above, but the stuff is expensive for the small amount you get in the bottle. I now use gorilla super glue. It comes in different viscosities from liquid to gel. There is a lot of glue in the bottle for the cost and the stuff is very very tough. Give the vane about 4 minutes or 5 minutes to set before removing clamp, then allow to dry for another 30 minutes before using. These times are just what I use and are approximate.
The most important thing here is to CLEAN the arrow shaft using a cleaner that does not leave any oils or residue.
I use Coleman Fuel. (White Gas)
Acetone, alcohol, kerosene, paint thinner, Purple Clean and turpentine all leave stuff when it evaporates.
These products clean but keep the glue from doing a good job.
The result? Veins that fall off after several shots.
White gas however does not leave residue and leaves a perfect surface for whatever adhesive you choose.
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