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    Just recently I was going crazy with fletching flying off left and right, I mean flying off in mid air. I was preparing the arrow the same way as ever; 1. Strip damaged fletching with a serrated end of a knife (this is like an Ez striper tool), 2. I then lightly sand with very low abrasive sandpaper on the shaft to clean them up, 3. Clean arrow shaft and fletching with alcohol 86% to get all excess materials off. Using and AZ Ez-Fletch mini right helical turn tool and Goat Tuff Premium glue. I then let hang for about 5 minutes and then remove and wait 24hr before I would shoot them. I have always used Blazer and or AAE Max Hunter. Currently I'm shooting Easton Axis End-Fused 340 with AAE Max hunters. Up to this point I have never had a problem with fletching since God was a Corporal. I tried changing the process, adding to much/too little glue, washing with soap, using and hair dyer to dry shafts, reading articles and Tech Form's, trying other process. I was just about to give up; I order some new glue from AAE. I had no more options. "Well Walla that worked". The funny thing is that I was at my local archery shop and telling the story when the store owner told me that Goat Tuff called his store and told him that they had bad lot # of glue. After checking the serial #'s on the bottle I was using, well YEP I had one of those lot #'s. The store owner gave me a new bottle of glue. Goat Tuff told him that every once in a while they will have a bad lot of glue and or the glue gets too old. So the moral of the story now is, don't buy big boltless of glue that will site around a long time. I also like the AAE product better know.... So don't give up.
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    I was having a similar issue not to long ago with an Ez-Fletch Mini and Gorilla Glue. I had vanes flying off like crazy, I think the glue had sat for too long and was thinning down. Also I think there was some excess glue coming over on the jig that was sticking to the vanes when taking it off. I let mine sit for a while and went back and cleaned it up before continuing to fletch this last batch. No problems yet (knock on wood).
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    Quote Originally Posted by droppixel View Post
    I was having a similar issue not to long ago with an Ez-Fletch Mini and Gorilla Glue. I had vanes flying off like crazy, I think the glue had sat for too long and was thinning down. Also I think there was some excess glue coming over on the jig that was sticking to the vanes when taking it off. I let mine sit for a while and went back and cleaned it up before continuing to fletch this last batch. No problems yet (knock on wood).
    CK, I'm use Acetone to clean the jig. Works great, just don't leave it in too long are it will expand the plastic and you will have to wait for it to come back to size.
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    I recently did a test with some AAE vanes and 3 glues. Shafts were Cabelas Extreme Hunters. After approx. 50 shots into my Block target one vane fell off, Gorilla Glu blue cap impact resistant. I tugged and the rest of the vanes came right off in my hand, as did the vanes I fleched with the Boning Flecth- Tite. The ones I fletched with Lock-Tite Super Gel are still on and I have pulled hard and have no movement at all. These shafts were not new and I cleaned them with Ajax cleanser and a no scratch blue pad, dried them before flecthing and wiped down with some 70% alchohol.
    My little test is in no way complete but for off the shelf glue I am leaning hard to the Lock-Tite Gel. In the past I have used Goat Tuff with mixed results, to messy and still have some vanes pop off on occasion. The AAE glue that comes with thier vanes is also very good and I would reccomend it for initial fletching, just make sure to follow the directions on the back of the package. The 2 vanes I use are Balzers and the 3" AAE, all were fletched on my AAE jigs the Blazers on the Mini Helical And the AAE 3" on the Longer right hand helical. As I have lung damage I stay away from any thing harsher than Alcohol to clean shafts and tools, if I wipe my Jigs down with Alcohol and brush them with a small brass or ss brush they stay clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droppixel View Post
    I was having a similar issue not to long ago with an Ez-Fletch Mini and Gorilla Glue. I had vanes flying off like crazy, I think the glue had sat for too long and was thinning down. Also I think there was some excess glue coming over on the jig that was sticking to the vanes when taking it off. I let mine sit for a while and went back and cleaned it up before continuing to fletch this last batch. No problems yet (knock on wood).
    I feel this is spot on ive had similar issues that were all solved by buying more glue i think the glue i had sat to long and went bad.
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