Removing arrow points.
A simple, effective means of removing points fixed in place with hot melt glue, is to place the tip of the arrow in a mug of boiling water for sixty seconds or so, this softens the hot melt glue without causing any heat damage to the carbon fibre. Remove the arrow from the water, hold securely, grip the point with a pair of pliers, twist and pull. You may need to repeat this process to fully remove the point.
Points that have come loose or slightly displaced during pulling can be repositioned by placing the tip of the arrow in a mug of boiling water for sixty seconds or so, this softens the hot melt glue without causing any heat damage to the carbon fibre. The point can then simply pushed back into place or twisted to re-
Where old points are replaced by new, you may find the new point will not directly fit into the arrow shaft. This is very common and is usually caused by surplus hot melt glue remaining in the arrow. If the new point is heated and fresh hot melt applied, and then pushed into the shaft, the residual heat in the point will melt and displace any remaining hot melt. The point should push cleanly home.
To ensure the point remains in position apply pressure until the point and shaft cool, to the point where the hot melt sets, otherwise any increase in air pressure inside the arrow will push the point back out. Alternatively insert the point and place the end of the arrow in a bowl of cold water, holding the point in place while doing so.
Installing nock pins
First of all make sure the aluminium arrow tube is clean and degreased.
We have found that it is very important to use liberal quantities of hot melt when assembling pins. Excess hot melt is easily peeled away after it has set.
If too little is used pins work loose very quickly
Installing points in new arrows
First of all make sure the aluminium arrow tube is clean and degreased, using a cotton bud and some white spirit
or similar de-
I recommend using a low melting point hot melt glue for bonding points in place. These can easily be obtained from any of the main DIY shops such as B & Q. This is typically the type sold for hot melt guns.
The low temperature hot melt glues also make it easier to remove points without potential heat damage to
the arrow. As a guide very orange coloured hot melt sticks tend to be higher melting point.