If you have been shooting this summer, you more than likely have damaged vanes. The price of quality arrow shafts can be pretty high so fletching your own can be a cheap and fun option to rehab your arrows. With a little practice, you can master this simple task allowing you to strip and fletch arrows in a very short amount of time and get them back on the range. Today we will go over how to strip arrow shafts prior to fletching.
What you will need:
Knife or utility knife, potato peeler, dish pad, acetone or Goat Tuff glue remover.
(Arrow shaft stripping tools)
1.Use a dull knife to remove the vanes. If the knife is too sharp you may actually damage the carbon. Shave the vane down as far as you can without damaging the shaft.
2. If you cannot remove all the of the remaining vane, try a potato peeler to remove the remainder of the vane from the shaft. Potato peelers work great at removing the last remaining pieces.
3. Apply some denatured alcohol, acetone or Goat Tuff Glue Remover to a dish scrubbing pad and thoroughly scrub the glue off the arrow shaft. This may take a minute or two but doing this step is important and will save time when you decide to fletch the shafts.
*It is important to lightly scuff the arrow shaft where the new vanes will be attached. This will dramatically help the vanes adhere.
Bare Arrow Shafts
There you have it. A great way to get arrows ready for fletching and back to the target range. We will post a tutorial on our methods and thoughts for fletching using both a jig and QuickFletch wraps in the next couple of weeks.