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Cresting carbons

Messages posted to thread:
beararcher 11-Jul-18
beararcher 11-Jul-18
M60gunner 11-Jul-18
oldrecurveman 11-Jul-18
Drewster 11-Jul-18
Rough Run 12-Jul-18
jk 14-Jul-18
jk 14-Jul-18
strshotx 14-Jul-18
Rough Run 14-Jul-18
M60gunner 14-Jul-18
Dan In MI 14-Jul-18
RonL 14-Jul-18
From: beararcher
Date: 11-Jul-18




I’mwanting to rustoleum crest some carbon shafts. I got the white spray enamel and taped it all off and put 2 light coats on, waiting 24 hours between each coat. My question is, after cresting with testors, i was gonna out some miniwax polyacrylic over it all to protect it, will i have adhesion issues with the polyacrylic and enamel paint?

From: beararcher
Date: 11-Jul-18




I’mwanting to rustoleum crest some carbon shafts. I got the white spray enamel and taped it all off and put 2 light coats on, waiting 24 hours between each coat. My question is, after cresting with testors, i was gonna out some miniwax polyacrylic over it all to protect it, will i have adhesion issues with the polyacrylic and enamel paint?

From: M60gunner
Date: 11-Jul-18




I use Rustolem 2X to paint carbons. I let them set overnight. I use Testors Acrylics to crest. Let them set overnite. Come back with MinWax waterbased Polycrillic clear and cover the whole area. I use a cheap foam brush. Let set a few hours and do a second brush on coat. Wait until next day to Fletch. I know it’s more time than a lot of folks want to spend but it works for me. I made the mistake of spraying white then coming back the next day with red over the white. No good. I contacted Rustolem and was told it takes a full week for that 2X to cure. Just my experience so far.

From: oldrecurveman
Date: 11-Jul-18




I have used the Rustoleum with good success and have only waited overnight before applying the second coat. I have found however that using any florescent colors like bright yellow you must have a base coat of white. I have not used any other colors but it would probably also apply to them as well. I crest with Sharpies and have good luck with them as well. Some day I will get bold enough to use actual paints for cresting. I use the blue painters tape for masking when crowning.

From: Drewster
Date: 11-Jul-18




NO, not at all. That is exactly the materials I use (enamel Testers)....along with Duco cement or tape for the fletchings.

From: Rough Run
Date: 12-Jul-18




I would recommend using Rustoleum Universal Bonding Primer as a first coat (it is white), and then it only takes 1 coat of white or another color of Rustoluem or Krylon paint. The primer really helps with paint coverage and evenness, and it also seems to cure faster. Haven't had any fades or runs when using the primer, and I crest with acrylic paints. Then 1 coat of spray Minwax to seal, also no runs.

From: jk
Date: 14-Jul-18




Why seal Rust-Oleum?

From: jk
Date: 14-Jul-18




Why seal Rust-Oleum?

From: strshotx
Date: 14-Jul-18




I used to always dip and crest my wood arrows,but when I went with carbons I just use arrow wraps.Onestringer makes some nice traditional style wrap that have the dipped and crested look.I looked at it that carbon arrows are tougher then wood and unless you loose them they will get messed up and you need to redo them.I can wrap a dozen arrows in 10 minutes and start fletching.And them come off easier and you can redo them without having to scrape the paint off to redo.But I know that some want the custom dipped and crested arrows.

From: Rough Run
Date: 14-Jul-18




No real need to seal the Rust-Oleum paint. The clear "sealer" spray is more for abrasion resistance. Helps keep the paint from getting chipped up when shooting or traveling or in the quiver.

From: M60gunner
Date: 14-Jul-18




I use the MinWax to help protect the cresting as well. But I also like it so I don’t have any glue issues when fletching.

From: Dan In MI
Date: 14-Jul-18




The crests need to sealed or they can smear.

From: RonL
Date: 14-Jul-18

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I am same as M60 but if I can I like to let the Rustoleum cure for a week, then crest and clear coat. But I have been known to do everything and be fletching in one day with a few arrows. Still think waiting is better. RonL





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