HOW DO I REMOVE MY OLD FLETCHING?
CAUTION: Do not soak any carbon shaft in solvents to remove the fletching or fletching adhesive. This can weaken the resin that bonds the carbon fibers.
1. When using instant adhesives, carefully peel off the vanes with a knife (not razor sharp) and remove most of the glue, being careful not to scrape deep enough to damage the carbon fibers along the shaft's surface.
2. If using standard fletching cements, pull the vanes or feathers off by hand or with pliers.
3. Wipe fletching area with lacquer thinner to remove any remaining glue residue. Do a final wipe with 91% isopropyl alcohol.
CAUTION: Keep solvents away from the nock and shaft logo.
4. Let shafts dry thoroughly before re-fletching.
WHERE SHOULD I PLACE MY FLETCHINGS?
While there is some personal preference involved, SikaStopper has found optimal performance by placing all factory-fletched Carbon arrows 1" from the nock-end of the shaft to the start of the vane.
DO I NEED TO CLEAN THE BASE OF MY VANES BEFORE FLETCHING THEM?
If another adhesive is used, or for other brands of vanes, wipe the base of the vanes with MEK or lacquer thinner to remove any mold release chemical from the vanes.
WHAT TYPE OF ADHESIVE GLUE DOES SIKASTOPPER RECOMMEND FOR FLETCHING?
Although there are many different types of fletching glue on the market today, SikaStopper recommends that you use Quick Bond adhesive for best results when fletching SikaStopper products.
HOW DO I PREPARE CARBON ARROW SHAFTS FOR FLETCHING?
Carefully wipe down just the fletching area of the shaft with M.E.K. or acetone using a clean, white paper towel. If your nock is already permanently installed, use 91% isopropyl alcohol in place of all other solvents.
Continue wiping the surface with solvent until no dirt or carbon residue shows on a clean portion of the paper towel. Remember to use protective gloves to keep solvents off the skin and use proper ventilation. Do not soak carbon or aluminum/carbon shafts in any solvents.
CAUTION: Do not use lacquer thinner, M.E.K., or acetone with the nock installed. Keep these solvents away from nocks and shaft identification markings. Petroleum solvents could accumulate between the bushing and shaft wall and weaken the adhesive bond.
HOW DOES SIKASTOPPER MEASURE CARBON ARROW WEIGHT?
The industry standard measurement for weight is grains per inch (GPI). There are many factors that make up GPI including: carbon arrow diameter, wall thickness, and shaft material. The GPI weight of listed carbon arrows does not include the weight of the point, nock, insert or fletchings.
HOW DO I MEASURE CORRECT CARBON ARROW LENGTH?
Correct cabon arrow length is measured from the bottom, inside of the nock groove (deepest point where the string goes into the nock) to the cut end of the shaft. Or you can take a full length arrow and come to full draw on your bow and ask a mate to mark the arrow at the center of the riser. This is usually around 1 inch infront of the arrow rest.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALL-CARBON, ALL-ALUMINUM, CARBON COMPOSITE AND A/C CONSTRUCTION?
The choice between aluminum, carbon or A/C products depends on the experience and shooting style of the archer. While there are some true advantages and disadvantages of each design, ultimately this decision is personal preference.