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    • dlbarr
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      I have always used glue to attach fletching but last time I bought supplies, my trad archery shop encouraged me to use tape. Gets the work done faster, don’t have to wait for the glue to dry etc. Well, I’m doing my first batch using this new process. Have read the directions and carefully followed each step. I can’t get the adhesive to stick on the feather (with one exception), it just pulls off with the tape. A little frustrating to say the least…thought I’d get a dozen done in an hour as opposed to one.

      Anybody else run into this challege?

    • Croatoan
      Post count: 35

      Sounds like something is wrong.
      I’ve been using Bohning fletching tape for 3 or 4 years now with not a single problem.

      Once I get the feather in the clamp I cut the end going to the roll.

      Using a very thin and sharp knife I gently separate the pink backing from the actual adhesive, place the clamp into the jig and seat it firmly.

      Remove the clamp and using my thumb nail I pull it along the quill making sure it’s seated well.

      Repeat.
      Once done I put a drop of glue on the tips and let dry.

      What used to take me an hour or so per arrow, using a Bitzenburger, I now do a dozen in less than an hour.

      Check out the video at 3Rivers on the fletching tape if you need more clarity.

    • dlbarr
      Post count: 22

      OK, you’ve pointed out something here…using a sharp blade to carefully separate the adhesive & pink backing. I didn’t do that. Yes, I use a bitzenberger and it does usually take an hour for one arrow. A dozen done that way makes for a marathon day. Thanks for the tip. I’ll do it.

    • karrhollow
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      Just finished up a dozen using the fletch tape. I do the exact same thing only i put a little drop of glue at the nock end of the feather as well. Just a little extra insurance if i get caught out in the rain.

      Phil

    • Ripforce
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      I want to try that fletching tape myself on the wood shafts, I wish I would have ordered a roll when I place my last 3R order! It looks slick as hell!

    • Van/TX
      Post count: 34

      Why are folks in such a hurry these days:) Slow down and smell the Duco…Van

    • Croatoan
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      Van/TX wrote: Why are folks in such a hurry these days:) Slow down and smell the Duco…Van

      Heh, rather be shootin’ em Van, than gettin’ dizzy on glue fumes!

    • Van/TX
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      Crack a window and a cold one. Plenty of time to shoot:lol:…Van

    • Mark Turton
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      I can only think you have dust or oil on the feathers, possibly waterproofing? I’ve also been using tape for a couple of years without any problem. I use fly tying scissors rather than a knife for trimming, just my preference.

      Hope it works out for you, Mark.

    • dlbarr
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      Using a very thin and sharp knife I gently separate the pink backing from the actual adhesive,

      That was the key, thanks. I was expecting the tape backing to separate w/o any effort…my mistake. Thanks again.

    • blade
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      I have used fletchtite for 25 years and have been using duco now for awile and love it.I have never had a feather come off so i don’t mind the time it takes to use glue.I turn on the radio in my shop and crack open a Sam Adams and have fun building arrows.If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    • Van/TX
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      blade wrote: I have used fletchtite for 25 years and have been using duco now for awile and love it.I have never had a feather come off so i don’t mind the time it takes to use glue.I turn on the radio in my shop and crack open a Sam Adams and have fun building arrows.If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

      blade, I find that it takes me about 20-25 minutes to drink a cool one. About the same time it takes for duco/fletchtite to dry. I use a slingle fletcher to prolong the experience:D…Van

    • John Carter
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      I use loctite or Gorilla glue.
      Both set up in about 10-20 seconds an I can shoot the lot by the time I walk out doors.
      Each to his own ,,but I just don’t get the tape thing,,I must be a little backward,,,but then I do still shoot a longbow so who knows:wink:.

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