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    Ok my Martin bretheren I ordered my arrows last night after all your help (GT 5575's) and now would like to know how you guys prep carbon shafts for fletching and gluing the inserts. I already have the AAE Fastest Gel will this work for both. As always thanks for any help.

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    Start here it is a good article. http://www.bowhunting.net/artman/pub...Building.shtml

    prep with acetone and you don't need expensive glues you can use loctite gel or loctite liquid glue. They are the same ingredients as the fletching glue. Read the packages.

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    As usual very prompt response. I had read somewhere about the Acetone before. I am going to use wraps so will look into the loctite gel the next time. Thanks.

    Brad

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    I don't blame you for wanting to use up what you have. I did the same thing when I started 9yrs ago. When I found out that super glue was the same and half the cost, I didn't buy fletching glue any more. But you are on the right track just keep asking and we will build you knowledge banks right up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch~n~Son Archery View Post
    I don't blame you for wanting to use up what you have. I did the same thing when I started 9yrs ago. When I found out that super glue was the same and half the cost, I didn't buy fletching glue any more. But you are on the right track just keep asking and we will build you knowledge banks right up.

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    I can't really agree on the use of Acetone.

    Denatured alcohol works. Rubbing alcohol is not recommended.

    Read the instructions that come with the vanes.

    As most of my fletchings jobs are for customers and I want adhesion.

    I scrub the shaft with Scotch Brite (the real stuff, not the copy junk).

    If using wraps use denatured alcohol and let dry. Don't scrub wraps with Scotch Brite!

    Two ways to clean shaft after the scrubbing; Wash with hot water and let air dry or clean with a paper towel soaked with denatured alcohol and let dry.

    Vane prep; None. Bohning does not recommend it.

    Glue; Any good quality vane glue. I use Bohning Platinum.

    AAE Fast Set gel is fine, but can discolor the shaft - heat thing from curing. Looks like case hardening on firearms. No big deal.

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    And to think on my old aluminums it was so simple, lol. Thanks again guys.

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