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    • SteveMcD
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      Has anyone ever painted arrows. I looked on one of the other forums and found some advise on those that do. So I went and tried a Krylon white base and the first coat went on fine. When I went a put a second coat on for the crown part of the shaft, the paint went on sort of crackly. Needless to say I waited for them to dry and sanded them down. Any advise or shared experience on what to do appreciated.

    • SteveMcD
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      Well after sanding, a 2nd coat went on fine. I imagine a primer or an initial wipe down with 0000 steel wool and a little acetone, probably would have done the trick too,

    • Robin Conrads
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      Hi Steve,

      Jason Wesbrock did an article on spray cresting in the Oct/Nov 05 issue. If you still have that one, great. We don’t have it in print anymore.

    • SteveMcD
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      Hi Robin… Thanks!

    • Steertalker
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      Don’t know what kind of arrow shaft material with which you are working but for aluminum or carbons Krylon should work fine. If you are using carbons then I would recommend Krylon Fusion. Make sure you remove the commerial arrow label with acetone before painting. Other than that there is no need for preparation although a rub down with steel wool wouldn’t hurt. The trick is not to spray too much at once. The first coat should be just a light coat. You should still be able to see the shaft through the paint. Let dry for about 20 minutes and then apply a second light coat. On the third coat you should be able to finish covering them as you desire. You should easily be able to completely paint and crest a dozen shafts in one day using Krylon with no crinkling.

      On aluminums I recommend rubbing the shafts vigorously with a clean cotton grease rag (no grease of course) immediately before spraying. This creates a static charge and helps the paint to bond better in my opinion.

      Brett

    • SteveMcD
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      Thanks Brett.. I’m painting wood actually. Appears the shafts were treated when I gior them though. But, they came out fine after a sanding and another coat.

    • William Warren
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      SteveMcD wrote: Thanks Brett.. I’m painting wood actually. Appears the shafts were treated when I gior them though. But, they came out fine after a sanding and another coat.

      Hi Steve,
      I spray painted some cedar shafts camo several years ago. The flat paint had a rough surface when dry which had to be taken down slightly with steel wool. Then I polished them with bees wax so they would slide silently across my rest. Just don’t buff to a high shine. I have one left and the paint is still good.

      Duncan

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