You can always reuse arrow vanes. There are a few shooters who re-glue vanes to their arrows. However, this is something we do not recommend; buying new ones in case of defective arrow vanes is preferable.
When you re-glue vanes, you must be careful when removing the old glue.
Looking at the process itself, the bother you exert is more than the cost you pay in exchange for new vanes.
However, if you prefer to reuse vanes, you can always do so. And some archers reuse vanes without encountering problems at all.
Again, the trick is to be careful when removing the old glue from the vanes. It is critical so you do not tear the vane off. When removing old glue, you can also tear the end of the vane off.
Most of the time, when vanes fall off the arrow, there is nothing wrong with it. A simple act of cleaning the vanes will solve the problem. And some archers reuse these vanes, especially when there is little glue on the left vane.
Sometimes, you cut off the vanes from the shaft. When this happens, reusing them would be trickier. And yes, it might not even be worth the effort.
But if you insist, you have to assess each vane. See if it is worth the effort or not.
Vanes are not that expensive anyway. You can always buy new ones.
How do you re-fletch an arrow?
Re-fletching an arrow starts with stripping the shaft. Then you prepare the arrow, the jig, and the vanes before fletching. Once fletched, assess and check if you did everything well.
Archery is a sport that is technical and comes with many disciplines.
When you are a beginner in archery, you can visit retail stores that sell archery equipment. From here, you can buy several low-grade carbon arrow shafts that are already pre-fletched.
These arrows will give you the performance you want. The arrows will be enough for you to practice your form and technique.
However, high-end carbon arrows will be around US$100 to US$200, depending on the brand. These high-end carbon arrows can help you improve your accuracy more than the cheaper ones.
Over time, your vanes will start peeling off. Sometimes, these vanes get sliced by broadheads. There are also times when the vanes deform.
Such accidents happen. And when they do, these accidents play a considerable role in the flight of your arrows.
As such, you should fix these right away.
It can be costly to replace an excellent arrow because of damaged fletching.
It is economical and will ultimately cost you less money. Also, it increases your accuracy. It is because of this reason that fletching your arrows becomes the preferred option.
Below are the steps on how you, as a beginner, can re-fletch your three-vane carbon arrows.
Materials you need:
To start, you will need a carbon arrow shaft. It can be any brand. It will always work.
You will also need an arrow fletching tool. and a vane stripper.. Vane strippers can be dull razor blades or dull box cutters.
You will also need vanes. and any brand of super glue.. Q-tips are also important, as well as alcohol wipes..
Finally, you will need a clean surface where you can work.
- Strip the Shaft
- Prepare the Arrow Shaft
- Prepare the Arrow Fletching Jig
- Prepare the Vanes
- Fletch the Shaft
- Tipping then Tailing
The first step is to strip the shaft.
Start by gripping the end of the shaft close to the base of the vanes. Your palms should face up.
Place the vane stripper at the base of the vane. Then grasp the vane stripper using your free hand. Then drive it away from your body. While doing this step, make sure to apply a little downward pressure.
Be careful, however, not to damage the carbon.
Continue doing this until you can remove all the vanes in the shaft.
Next involves the preparation of the arrow shaft. While doing this, use alcohol to clean the shaft’s working end.
The area you are targeting should be where the vanes used to be.
Once cleaned, ensure never to touch the cleaned part of the shaft.
Start by placing the shaft firmly into the base of the arrow jig.
When doing this, the nock should come first.
Then place the bigger end of the single vane at the black mark. When doing this, ensure the vane flushes against the clamp edge.
Finally, slide the vanes into the jig.
In this step, ensure contact between the vane and the shaft.
Start by applying some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. Make sure that the towel is clean.
With the alcohol wipes, the next step is to clean the entire base of the vane. Do this from one end of the vane to the other.
Start by removing the vane clamp from the jig. Then insert a cleaned vane into the clamp.
Next, apply a thin strip of glue. Do this along the entire length of the vane.
Once done, it is time to place the vane clamp back on the jig. Ensure that the clamp’s bottom lies at the top of the nock receiving base.
Finally, ensure that there is vane-to-shaft contact.
Wipe the excess glue with the Q-tips and let the glue harden for about 20 seconds.
Once set, remove the clamp. Be careful when doing so.
Lastly, turn the nob at the base of your jig. The turn should be counterclockwise.
Repeat all the steps until you have entirely fletched the shaft.
The step is simple.
All you have to do is place some super glue on the front and rear ends of all the vanes. The area where you put glue should be those that make contact with the arrow shafts.
It is to prevent the vanes from peeling when they pass through objects.
Finally, remove the shaft from the fletching jig. Make sure that the vanes are flush. It means that there are no gaps or lifting.
Once there are no gaps, lift the arrow for a couple of inches. Be careful when doing this.
When should I replace arrow fletching?
Replacing fletching is like replacing car tires. It depends on how much use you had on them. The fletching you use every day may have to go earlier. A well-maintained arrow can last for more than a year.
You are new to archery. You have been shooting for a few weeks now, and you love everything about archery.
However, the arrows you bought were brand new now.
Should you replace them?
If your arrows look a bit rough, fret not. You can always go to an archery shop and replace the arrow parts. It can be a new point, a new nock, or fletching.
The job of your fletching is essential.
Fletching stabilize the flight of an arrow.
Without your fletching, your arrows will have an erratic flight.
However, these fletching will not be with you forever.
If you practice every day, your shooting will improve. Your arrows will group more tightly.
However, that will cause your fletching to always hit each other. And this will cause wear and tear.
Also, if you miss the target, your fletching can pass through something like a brush or grass. It can also hit the wood and a few other obstacles.
No matter how careful you are, fletching wear out. And you are bound to replace them in one way or another.
Replacing fletching will depend on how much you use them.
Some will last for more than a year. However, if our fletching come into contact with many things regularly, you might replace them earlier than a year.
But don’t you fret. The wear and tear of fletching is a normal process in archery. And this is something you can efficiently resolve.
An archery shop can quickly check your fletching and provide you with recommendations on whether to replace them or not.
Here is how to check if you need new ones:
If you hear a fluttering noise when you shoot, the fletching may already be loose.
Inspect the arrow. If you notice one end of the fletching already separated from the shaft, that is it.
If you have loose fletching, it will cause drag on your arrow. It will result in the arrow flying and hitting differently from other arrows.
Please bring it to an archery shop for assessment.
When you use plastic vanes for fletching, assess them continually for tears.
They can rip. And ripped fletching will also produce a fluttering noise. Set them aside and have a shop look at them should this be the case.
A Missing Section
This reason is common with feather fletching.
Feathers may be beautiful; however, after hundreds of shots, you will notice a feather missing from your arrow.
The arrow will shoot fine if the feather is not that large. However, if the feather is more significant, you will also notice how extensive its role was in the arrow’s flight.
A Missing Fletch
Super glues can keep the fletchings glued to the shaft. However, there will come a time when fletching will come off.
It could be because of extreme heat, or it could be because your arrow struck something hard.
Bring your arrow to an archery shop for repair if it misses fletching.
Fletchings may be simple. Part of the maintenance is replacing them when damaged or worn out. However, fletchings also need proper care for them to last long.
Always see your local archery shop.
How long after fletching arrows can you shoot?
Once done with fletching your arrow, a high-quality glue will work within five seconds. You can shoot the arrow in about 15 minutes.
Some vanes are more durable than others.
You can depend on some more than on other brands. However much you can rely on them, they will eventually need replacing.
When replacing, it always helps if you have high-quality glue that will never fail you.
For example, TAC vanes glue is a good value for your money.
Using glue for your vanes, use a felt tip on the primer pen in a vertical position. This position will allow the release of internal pressure.
With the tip facing down, depress it again.
It is essential that before you prime each vane, you check the moisture level. You can do this by touching the felt tip on the paper. By doing so, you might notice that the fluid should be about 5/16 inches.
If you see a larger dot, roll it into a paper towel. It will absorb the extra primer.
Check again and see if the dot is just right.
Now, it is time to load a vane into your fletching device.
The glue should be just right. More adhesive is only sometimes better.
In about five seconds, the glue will do its job. You can shoot in about 15 minutes after putting the vanes.
Arrow vanes are essential parts of an arrow. You can have them last longer than the others with your well-maintained and careful use. However, despite your care, you will eventually need to replace them.
When vanes fall off, you can always clean the glue and put them back. However, there are times when you already have to give up on a vane. These are times when you have damaged ones.
You can check the vanes yourself.
However, for a more accurate and reliable assessment, you should always have an expert from your local archery shop take a look at your vanes.
And before deciding on whether to replace your vanes or reuse them, think thoroughly.
Is it worth the effort?
If yes, go ahead. If not, buy new ones!