I tried searching this but didn't get much. I know I have read about this here before,but wanted to refresh my memory.wow the commercial systems seen like everything today seem to be very expensive.I'm hoping to find a cheaper method.I want to do the entire shaft.spray? brush?dip? what are method are you using? Thank Burt
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thanks again everyone
I am waiting for warmer weather. Yes, even in AZ. it gets to cool for dipping or spraying. This post and the other about white arrows has a bug up my back to do it. As for saving some cash. A dip tube can be made from those tubes used to separate golf clubs in a golf bag. That’s what I started out with. Also need a couple corks. I have seen some tubes made from PCV pipe and fittings that will hold a pint of paint like the store bought ones. I am a lousy spray paint guy so only have done the cap on the shafts. I hooked up my Spinrite cresting machine so it turns the shaft while I spray. Obviously the most expensive item will be the paint, weather it’s waterbased or Laq or Enamel. Forget automotive paint, way to expensive.
LIke Aromkr, like to dip. I use 3Rivers clear gasket lacquer and white dye. I add the white dye to the lacquer. Easy, fast, and great results.
The trick is getting the dye. The big guitar supplier in the US quit selling lacquer dyes. But I did get a bunch from this site: https://homesteadfinishingproducts.com/vivitone-solvent-based-micronized-pigment-colorants/
They seem to be out of White, right now.
3Rivers used to sell colored lacquers. I wish they would start again. Sure would make things easier.
I like to use Behr wood stain in white.Brush and then wipe down with a rag.Then apply two or three coats of poly wipe on.I find it’s a super tough finish.I usually put on three coats of stain.
I wipe on two or three coats of hobby lobby acrylic and follow with three or four of water based wipe on poly.
It's not a fast system but I got the time. 😁
I'm from the old school, I still prefer lacquer, but that is getting harder to find, I understand Sherwin/Williams is now making a water base lacquer, but don't know how that is possible !!! I also prefer to dip, yes it takes more product but gives I feel the best finish.
Thank you everyone those are sweet...Burt
I’ve had good luck with the Krylon fusion primer/paint in one. I use the gloss colors and Duco for fletching. Easy as can be. I tape off the nock taper and point taper and spray them with multiple thin coats let them dry between coats. You can always use light sandpaper to fix any drips but that is rare if you go light with the coats. I sometimes dip them after drying in poly but also just go with the paint. Quite a lot cheaper than the paint tube and paint for dipping. One can of paint will easily do a dozen. Also should mention I seal the wood with couple dips in poly before I paint. The paint probably seals by itself but I usually by arrows 3-4 dozen at a time and stain and seal them all
first thing, then later when I need arrows I’ll paint them or fletch up the stained ones.
Rustoleum 2X Painters Touch paint/primer Semi Gloss SPRAY. Cover with Painters Touch Gloss Clear Spray. Bohning Fletch Tite platinum for fletching
All three methods will work. I paint my stumping arrows all white by just painting them with gloss white latex paint with a foam brush. Usually 2 coats are enough with a light sanding between coats.