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    Default For those who fletch their own arrows

    What glue are you using? My old tube from Bohning has had it and before I buy a new one, I wanted to see what everyone else is using. Before I run to the store I was wondering if there is a better glue out there?

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    I just use super glue it works good and is cheap.
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    The aae vanes I been using come with fast set gel. Works well for me. Think it is pretty well the same as super glue though to be honest.
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    honestly joe I haven't fletched enough arrows to tell the difference. I've used Bohning Fletch-tite platinum and AAE fast set gel with fine results. if a vane gets messed up I want to be able to strip it off. For inserts I only use BSI Insta-flex+. I think if I used that on vanes they'd never come off. lol Biggest thing with fletch-tite is you've got to let it cure for a while also you shouldn't use too much pressure between the vanes and shaft. after they're cured I put a small dot of glue on the leading and trailing edge of each fletch. About to fletch some more and we'll see what else I've got down in my shop to use.

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    I had to switch from the Fletch-tite glue in the white/red tube to Fletch-tite platinum this year, due to not finding it anymore. I have fletched hundreds of arrows and never had an issue with the old glue I was using. The Platinum is a little different and requires a warmer climate when fletching. I did 36 arrows over the winter with the Platinum and had to re-fletch all of them, they were flying off when shot and I have never in my years of fletching had this happen. The only thing I could figure was the temperature I fletched them at, because I gave them about two weeks of drying before I shot them.

    Besides being thinner than my other glue, there is something else that is different. I would about break the arrow trying to pull test the other Fletch-tite I was using with this Platinum I can pull these off fairly easy. The glue remains but the fletching has no glue what so ever on them. I do the samething as dbHunterNY by putting a dab of glue on the leading and trailing ends of the fltechings, also.

    There is alot of quick set glues out there but I sure do miss my old glue. I am very tedious about my arrows, its decent glue but there must be something I missing in the preparation of my arrows with this glue.
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    I know others have used Gorilla Glue Superglue (light blue cap) and Loc-tite Ultra Control Gel. main thing to do is make sure the application fits. don't really use a glue that isn't water resistant as over time the bond will weaken. also prep of the surface and humidity is what kills many people's success. certain cleaners and soaps leave a slight residue. make sure you're using something that doesn't leave anything. also use a green scouring pad on the surface and finally rinse with water but don't touch it. once dry fletch away but let it sit in the jig for at least what the glue mfg recommends, at the recommended temp too. you've got to think it'll take longer to set if you're some place that's more humid.

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    When I wrapped and fletched my arrows I used Loctite Ultra Control Gel...never had a vane come off with my WB rest. Need to get a new fletching jig so I can start fletching again.
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    Have also used goat tuff glue with good results. With whatever you use, best adhesion is going to come with following the prep instructions for that product. Think some suggest wiping the shaft with alcohol first after cleaning. Shafts obviously need to be clean and yes as mentioned above always put a drop on the leading edge. I shoot a wb rest and no issues with vanes coming loose.
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    I have fletched over 6 dozen arrows using the Loctite Super Glue Gel. Blazers and wraps. I squirt out a puddle of the gel on a paper plate and apply it to fletching bases with a toothpick. (Less is better just enough glue to make the fletch base look "wet"). Leave them in the jig at least a full minute before taking them out. Then I don't shoot them for 24hrs. This stuff has been my favorite for the last six years.

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    I started using G5 Blu Glu a few years ago. Very strong stuff. Somewhat expensive but it goes on blue and dries clear.
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    Thanks everyone! I got some of the Loctight and that seems to work well.
    Last edited by RangerClay; 09-26-2013 at 10:22 AM.

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    Just fletched a dozen with blazers and AAE fast set gel. Should work well and be plenty set by the time I get back for vacation and hit the woods.

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