Fletching glue suggestions

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  • September 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm #596739 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 6/12/2006
    I have been using Goat Tuff exclusively for the last few years to fletch my Blazers and thought I’d never change.  Over the past year I have been disappointed in the results I have been getting.  It seems as though the bottle is only good for about a month after opening it and then if I store it properly and try to use it a few months down the road it is not nearly as effective.  What have you guys had great luck with?  I hate spending $12 for glue and only get one use out of it!
    September 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm #596743 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 72
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    Goat Tuff is not a glue manufacturer. There is no glue factory in Whitewater Co.

    You can get the same stuff from The Glue Guy in the Redlands, Co where I live … it is called UFO Thin. Goat Tuff, UFO Thin, Glue Guy … its all imported from the same place.

    Super Glue will deteriorate if exposed to air (humidity) so closing the bottle with as little air trapped in it as possible and storing in the refrigerator will prolong the useful life. FWIW, I never buy large quantities. Although it may seem a cost savings, large quantities go bad long before you can use them.

    I get my best results from Loctite SuperGlue Gel, available at the local hardware store at about 1/5th the cost of Goat Tuff.

    Superglue is OK if you are in a hurry, but if you really want a strong bond that will withstand temperature and weather extremes, it is hard to beat Saunders NPV. The trick is to coat the vane base, then set the clamp, raise the clamp and reset it several times. This will break any surface film, transfer the glue to both surfaces, mix the glue with air to speed up the bond. It takes about 15  to 20 minutes before lifting the clamp. This might seem long, but I fletch while watching TV … I can get a 1/2 dozen shafts done in an evening between commercials.

    September 29, 2013 at 8:46 am #596772 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 6/22/2004
    Superglue gel seems to be the easiest to control. There are actually some cyanoacrylates out there now that are rubberized and surface insensitive that do great for the impact that inserts, bushings and fletching encounter repeatedly. Like always, Brian is spot-on. Air and hot temps are brutal on cyanoacrylates. Loctite once told me that superglue stored in a cool dark environment still only has a shelf-life of one year. If you go to a quality industrial supply shop and buy it, most likely they will store it in refrigeration.

    The very best adhering superglue that I’ve ever come across is Loctite 454 Prism gel. You can get it in small tube or larger tubes. It’s got a great control tip and like toothpaste, you can roll up the end of the tube as you use it, eliminating air as you go. It’s not real cheap, though.

    What I tried last year– and was very impressed with the results– was the Loctite Professional at Walmart. It seems to have fantastic adhesion, and it’s not expensive at all. The downside is it’s a liquid, so sometimes it does require some quick clean-up if the glue begins to run down the shaft after applying the vane/feather. I always cut up a paper towel into one inch squares and use those to wipe up any excess.

    Every year I fletch several dozen arrows for myself and friends. This was what I did this year. All of them were fletched with the Loctite Professional just as were last year’s. Most of the arrows I’ve done the last couple of years were with Norway Fusion vanes with a helical twist. They have held really well with the Loctite professional.

    September 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm #596891 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 35
    Joined: 1/26/2011
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    Definetly loc tite control gel
    September 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm #596924 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 8/24/2004
    Location: New York
    Buy Super /Crazy glue from the dollar store and save some money. It is cyanoacrylate just like the expensive stuff. Works great.
    October 3, 2013 at 6:46 am #597266 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 7/3/2008
    Gorilla glue has been the best both application and durability wise for me ,their “crazy glue” version. $5
    October 3, 2013 at 9:45 am #597304 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 55
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    I used the Bohning glues for years….The Platnum was the last glue of thiers I used…it worked great with no failures. Well, then I started to have some fletchings come off during a shot….or at times they would just get loose in a section of the fletch…not good….I was told they, the company, changed to a less expensive mix….I dont know…But I changed….
    Then I used easton Cements…the quick bond adhesive was the last I used of thiers…. Again years of easy fletching and no failures. I did have some troubles once…a friend who I had fletched his arrows told me he had a fletching come off at a shoot. Yikes….embarrassing!! He then told me he had another come off later. The arrows he shot are aluminum…not carbon as I had mostly fletched with this cement…. He brought them back and I refletced them using the cement at the bottom of my post.  No Failures for him since with his hunting or target arrows…I still think the Easton and Bohning cements to be a good fetching cement and would use it if I had to with no worries.
    I was told to try the loctite control gel by a friend I shoot with. I liked it so much I now use it. Everything about it is nice…it goes on easy….sticks the fletchings to the arrow…Aluminum or Carbon…Never a failure….. If someone asked me I would tell them to use this one…loctite control gel.

    Hope this helps…good luck.


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    October 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm #597349 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 64
    Joined: 7/21/2004
    Location: Ohio
    I’ve been using Zing with various types of ‘super glues.’

    Didn’t catch on about the glue going bad and not sticking correctly. The Zing dried up in the bottle (sealed up tight) so I just used the locktite glue.
    Worked but took a long time to stick.

    Bought some more Zing and new glue – stuck GOOD!

    Think I’ll return to the Gel versions in the future. Easier to use.

    Know it sounds crazy but I’ve been using Zing with True Flight feathers and super glues. Have shot through my bag targets many times without loosing a fletch.
    Treating the feathers seems to make them stick better although I don’t understand why it would. I thought Zing was a prep for plastics.
    I am using vinyl avery wraps (home-made/cut from bulk).Don’t know the why’s or if’s – just works. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_nerd}

    October 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm #597363 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 31
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    In all honesty, the Aerovane AG0600 glue from Firenock is the best stuff I’ve tried.  Takes an extremely small amount per vane, and is SUPER tough…sets in just a couple seconds and you can shoot your arrows immediately.


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