How to install inserts and points using Bohning Ferr-L-Tite Hot Melt

 

How to install inserts and points using Bohning Ferr-L-Tite Hot Melt
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April 19th 2009

The gluing surface should be free of paint, lacquer or oil films.

Foreign materials on the gluing surfaces will be detrimental to high adhesive strength.

The adhesive joint should be a loose fit so that there is space for the glue between the two surfaces. A tight fit will cause poor adhesion.

Ferr-L-Tite Hot Melt specs

It creates a tough elastic, waterproof bond which is heat reversible (you can remove your points & inserts by heating up the end of the shaft over a flame). It is durable, high impact, shock resistant.

For gluing metal points onto wood shafts.

  • It is recommended wearing gloves when using Ferr-L-Tite with heat.
  • Clean points with acetone.
  • Heat Ferr-L-Tite over a propane torch or alcohol burner to 300? F or above.
  • Place a generous amount of Ferr-L-Tite on the shaft tip that fits into the arrow point or broadhead.
  • Using pliers, heat the arrow point until it is extremely hot.
  • Immediately insert the wood shaft into the point so they fuse together.
  • Insert is very hot - do not touch insert with bare hands.
  • Allow hot melt to cool, and then remove excess Ferr-L-Tite from shaft.
  • Cure time - 24 hours.

For gluing inserts into aluminum shafts

  • It is recommended wearing gloves when using Ferr-L-Tite with heat.
  • Clean points with acetone.
  • Heat Ferr-L-Tite over a propone torch or alcohol burner to 300? F or above.
  • Holding the insert with pliers, heat until it is extremely hot.
  • Apply hot melt all around the hot insert, being very careful not to touch the insert, pliers or hot melt with your bare hands.
  • Lightly heat the end of the arrow shaft.
  • Place the insert into the end of the arrow shaft.
  • Rotate insert one full turn so insert and shaft fuse together.
  • Allow hot melt to cool, and then remove excess Ferr-L-Tite from shaft.
  • Stand shaft with insert down to cool.
  • Cure time - 24 hours.
  • Problems can occur if the hot melt is not liquid enough to enter all areas of the field point. Voids of air are common occurrences with this situation and cause the bond strength to decrease. Therefore, when the arrow strikes a hard object, the field point may loosen and pop off. In addition, when heating the hot melt, an alcohol burner should be the primary choice opposed to candles, matches or lighters. Denatured alcohol is a slow even burning fuel that will give quick and clean results. Candles, matches or lighters cause carbon residue to appear on the hot melt. This residue creates a barrier between the hot melt and the shaft to create bonding problems.

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