Gluing feathers on wood with Loctite?

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Tim_Archer

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Hi all. Has anyone used Loctite to glue feathers onto wooden shafts? Is there anything I need to keep in mind if I do? I have Loctite 401 left over from when I made my carbon arrows with plastic vanes and I'd prefer to use that than buy something else :)

Thanks,
Tim
 

Timid Toad

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I've always used double-sided tape. How would you replace damaged feathers without ruining the shaft?
 

Del the Cat

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UHU glue from Poundland, won't break the bank and has a little give. OK it's not quick, but I've used it for years.
Also handy for leather, craft work etc and only a quid for a big fat tube.
Del
 

Del the Cat

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UHU glue from Poundland, won't break the bank and has a little give. OK it's not quick, but I've used it for years.
Also handy for leather, craft work etc and only a quid for a big fat tube.
Del
 

Stevec1960

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Double sided craft tape - About ?1.50 a roll from The Range - never had a problem since I've been using it and easy to remove when you need to refletch.
 

Geophys

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I've read mixed opinions on using tape in that feathers don't stay on as well as glue:(
I'm the arrow maker for my club and have made dozens of sets of arrows and always use tape, there has not been a single case of a feather coming off even when its gone ploughing, tape the front down and they'll stay put, but when it comes to replacing a damaged feather, its a doddle.
 

Stevec1960

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I've read mixed opinions on using tape in that feathers don't stay on as well as glue:(
I've never had one come off though I usually whip or tape the front 1cm. Just make sure you use the extra strong tape - usually red - that's the backing not the actual glue. You can get it in 4mm which is just about right for fletching.
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AndyW

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I've never even considered tape but would that carry through onto vanes on carbons do you think? I know it's used on spinnies &c.for target but has anyone any experience of vanes held with tape for field?
Would it stand up to a pass through or a brush / clatter through the foliage?
 

Tim_Archer

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I just read that fletching tape loses a lot of its adhesiveness in warm weather. Given I live in Australia, that may be a slight problem. Looks like it'll have to be glue for me :)

-Tim
 

Mrfixit

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I always use superglue to stick fletches on my wood shafts. And if you don't want to wait then an accelerator will speed that up to instant fix. I use an accelerator pen type- a bit like a big marker pen with the thicker style glue, also helps set the blob of glue at the front of the fletch to help prevent removal in the ground :)

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AndyW

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I always use superglue to stick fletches on my wood shafts. And if you don't want to wait then an accelerator will speed that up to instant fix. I use an accelerator pen type- a bit like a big marker pen with the thicker style glue, also helps set the blob of glue at the front of the fletch to help prevent removal in the ground :)

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For info. if you don't want to use / buy an accelerator pen just use tapwater/spit. The ingredient list on the accelerator looks fancy to justify ?**** / Tonne the main active ingredient is water. Just moisten the shaft where the fletching is going ( a bit of water on your finger ) pop it on and 10s later done.
 
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