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Fletching aluminum shafts

Messages posted to thread:
TradToTheBone 25-Nov-21
Bowlim 25-Nov-21
fdp 25-Nov-21
Bluefeather 25-Nov-21
M60gunner 25-Nov-21
Andy Man 25-Nov-21
MikeT 25-Nov-21
tradmt 25-Nov-21
1buckurout 25-Nov-21
Jim D 25-Nov-21
g2knee 25-Nov-21
Blue Duck 25-Nov-21
GLF 25-Nov-21
Clydebow 25-Nov-21
Thumper 25-Nov-21
DaGunz 25-Nov-21
M60gunner 25-Nov-21
oldhunter1942 25-Nov-21
Corax_latrans 25-Nov-21
Bob Rowlands 25-Nov-21
M60gunner 25-Nov-21
M60gunner 25-Nov-21
Valley Scout 25-Nov-21
Corax_latrans 25-Nov-21
Wapiti - - M. S. 26-Nov-21
Selden Slider 26-Nov-21
George D. Stout 26-Nov-21
Tundra 26-Nov-21
Red Beastmaster 26-Nov-21
Riverwolf 26-Nov-21
Corax_latrans 26-Nov-21
murph 26-Nov-21
From: TradToTheBone
Date: 25-Nov-21




I just bought new shafts from a fellow waller and it’s been years since I’ve fletched aluminum. I’ve used Bohning fletchtite and platinum fletchtite but I’m curious what is everyone using these days. Let me know what you use and why. Thanks to all that respond.

From: Bowlim
Date: 25-Nov-21




You can't go wrong with those. You can speed things up, but drying time isn't much a hassle. Back when we had TV, I used to put a fletch on ever ad break. Fast enough for me.

The best tip I ever got was from Chuck Adam's book. He said to clean with Ajax cleanser, if you can still get it. They don't have it around here any more. It was originally formulated for Aluminum. Which is less helpful than it might sound since arrows are anodized. But I still never found anything else to equal it. It gets arrows so clean they kinda moan, or sing.

From: fdp
Date: 25-Nov-21




Saunders NPV. Use it for the same reason anyone uses a particular fetching glue it's pretty easily obtainable and works.

From: Bluefeather
Date: 25-Nov-21




I've used fletchtite platinum for 20+ years with no problems. Just be sure the shafts are clean and the glue needs 48 hrs to cure per instructions on the tube.

From: M60gunner
Date: 25-Nov-21




I still clean the shafts with Comet cleanser and a scrub pad. Rinse with real hot water and dry with fresh paper towels. If I don’t fletch rite away I cover the fletched area with a plastic bag. Fortunately I don’t have to do this very often. I eliminate all this prep by using wraps for my arrows. No fuss, no mess. I use either NPV glue or Fletch Tite glue.

From: Andy Man
Date: 25-Nov-21




clean with comer/Ajax and scotch bright pad

rinse and wipe dry with paper towels then glue with Saunders NPV

works great- just not quite Dog proof, though when he decides he needs a feather

From: MikeT
Date: 25-Nov-21




I use rubbing alcohol with a clean cloth on the shafts and the Bohning Platinum glue. I rotate the shafts every 15 min. followed up with a dab of glue on both ends of the feathers, then I wait till the next day to use them. I never have any issues, and I beat the fletching to death with alot of shooting.

From: tradmt
Date: 25-Nov-21




I remember using super glue type stuff I think, been a while. I know I went to using wraps for visibility and many adhesives work well with them.

From: 1buckurout
Date: 25-Nov-21




I scratch the shafts (aluminum or carbon) with fine sandpaper, clean with acetone and use NPV. Never had an issue.

From: Jim D
Date: 25-Nov-21




Saunders NPV and cresting wraps. No issues.

From: g2knee
Date: 25-Nov-21




Locktite gel control super glue. Been using on my aluminum shafts for years, no complaints.

From: Blue Duck
Date: 25-Nov-21




Fletching tape.

From: GLF
Date: 25-Nov-21




I still do what the original directions said. Clean with ajax, rinse with warm water, and use fletching cement. The only original left is nvp so I use that. I used fletch tite but when platinum replaced it I lost feather off every arrow I fletched. It may work now but to my way of thinking it shoulda had the bugs worked out before they marketed it.

From: Clydebow
Date: 25-Nov-21




Gorilla super glue gel after cleaning.

From: Thumper Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-Nov-21




Using some cheap vinyl wraps will be well worth the money. They come in clear as well. Any of the super glue type adhesives from the hardware store will stick instantly and adhere extremely well. No prep work song and dance at all, just stick em on and go. Wraps are cheap.

From: DaGunz
Date: 25-Nov-21




I’m a glue clutz. I get it everywhere but where I want it. I’m all about fletch tape now. No mess, no wait. Easily repaired.

From: M60gunner
Date: 25-Nov-21

M60gunner's embedded Photo



The wrap material is Oracal 651 or 751. The sheets can be had on Amazon or like I buy mine at Michael’s craft store. Little over a buck a sheet and one sheer will normally do a doz shafts. I think for 2213 size shaft I needed about one sheet and part of another. I use a paper cutter to cut them. I also crest the wraps with paints from the same Michael’s store. Here’s an example.

From: oldhunter1942
Date: 25-Nov-21




I wipe the feather area with cotton ball soaked with white vinegar then wipe dry with a clean cloth. I use fletch tape, it works fine for me.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 25-Nov-21




@M60 - if those are aluminum, those are probably the best looking aluminum arrows I have ever seen in my entire life. Just sayin’.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 25-Nov-21




Agreed, they do look great. Simple crest and nice colors=perfect.

From: M60gunner
Date: 25-Nov-21




Ops, wrong photo.

From: M60gunner
Date: 25-Nov-21

M60gunner's embedded Photo



Right photo

From: Valley Scout
Date: 25-Nov-21




I use rubbing alcohol on a course rag to clean the shafts then I either use Fletch Tite or Grilla Super glue. If I'm taking off old and putting on new fletching, I use a scraper to ensure all glue is off and then use rubbing alcohol.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 25-Nov-21




They still look a whole lot better than any aluminum has a right to…

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 26-Nov-21




I use to use Ajax now I use sos pads to clean arrow shafts. Then i use platinum glue.

From: Selden Slider
Date: 26-Nov-21




I never got too crazy with prep. Just wiped them off with alcohol and fletched when dry. Never had a problem with fletching falling off. Frank

From: George D. Stout
Date: 26-Nov-21




I'm cheap and always in a hurry to get them done, so no wraps for me. Just clean the shafts with a good non greasy cleanser, rinse and dry well. Fletchtite works fine as does Saunders NPV. Been doing that for a lot of decades.

From: Tundra
Date: 26-Nov-21




All good information above all work.

Tundra

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 26-Nov-21




Tape

From: Riverwolf
Date: 26-Nov-21

Riverwolf's embedded Photo



Onestringer wraps are "cheap" ....in price -not quality ;)

I've had issues with good hold on aluminum in extreme cold without wraps using all types of adhesives. I (for me;) have found nothing better for rock solid "holding power" bond than onestringer wraps combined with blue cap Gorilla glue. The wraps are very affordable in solids , easy to install , and high quality . Gorilla blue cap is strong and flexible which holds up to hard heavy usage in all climates .jmho..... Gorilla is now also offering this glue in a larger XL bottle size for you gents that fletch a lot of shafts. Same great nozzle/tip.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 26-Nov-21




Well, I’m not gonna say that just ANYBODY can pull this off….

But I once managed to fail to prep my shafts correctly, and even the tape has failed to hold fast….

So no matter what you use…. Keep it clean!

From: murph
Date: 26-Nov-21




Clean it and wrap. So easy





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