I am having a terible time getting my vanes to stay on my goldtips.When i fletched them i scuffed them up with 4/0 steel wool then cleaned them with denatured alcohol.I was using fletchtite for glue and an arizona easy fletch jig.Any suggestions?
I have never had any luck with fleth tite to hold on carbons. However I have had great luck with super glue gel. It requires less prep and bonds much faster. I have been using it for several years on my Gold Tips.
They use goat tuff here at the local shop & make a fortune refletching all the arrows with the feathers & vanes falling off. I'm glad some have had good luck with it but that hasn't been my experience or what i have seen from it.
I clean any arrow i fletch with at least 91% or higher isopropyl alcohol & the use either Flex-Bond or Fletch-tite glue. Also if using vanes be sure to clean the base of the vane. I give them about 20 minutes drying time per feather & so far i have never had a vane or feather come off that i didn't want to come off...............................................................DF1
What kind of fletchings are you using??? Most likely, it's the release agent on the fletches that's causing your problems... I mostly shoot Gold Tips, and fletch ALL my own arrows(and for a bunch of my friends)... The surface of the Gold Tips is plenty rough enough(and you want it a little rough, not too glossy, for good adhesion), without any special prep... I use Bohning fletches, and Bond Tite(it's made ESPECIALLY for carbons), wipe down the shaft, and the base of the fletch with rubbing alcohol(91% or better), and have never had a single fletch come off... In fact, whenever one gets torn, I try to pull the rest of it off, and always end up having to cut them off... I'll bet that if you switched to Bond-Tite, and wiped down your fletching base with a solvent(acetone, laquer thinner, etc...), or used Bohnings and rubbing alcohol, you won't have any more problems - that's one of the reasons why I like Bohnings - their mold release agent will easily come off with rubbing alcohol... Bohnings are very durable, too... Hope this helps,
fletchtite is for aluminum or wood arrows, it will not adhere
well to carbons.. I learned this several years ago the hard
way also... you can use bondtite(which is in the same family
as fletchtite, but specifically for carbon) or one of the instant
gels for carbons on the market.. I personally don't care for
the gels too much.. I like the bondtite a lot...I haven't bought
it in a while, hope it's still available...
I wipe down the GT shafts and vanes with Acetone then use Bond tite to apply. I also apply a drop of glue on each end of the vane after they are dry. I tear up vanes, but they never come off. I have to cut them off.
If you put a Duravane on a clean shaft with Duraloc glue you can't pull it off with out a pliers. Even then most or all of the base will stay on. I clean Gold Tips with hot soapy water and rince immediately. Do not do anything to base of the vane if you use Duraloc glue.
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