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Having a clean and properly prepped shaft is necessary for good vane adhesion.  To remove the vanes and glue on shafts that have been previously fletched, carefully cut off the vanes with a knife without digging into the shaft itself.  The vane remnants and glue can be removed by using a copper pot scrubber, but be sure that the scrubber is pure copper and not copper plated steel (the steel can damage the shaft.)  Start with light pressure with the scrubber and increases just enough to remove all remaining glue.  Once the shaft is cleared of all previous vane remnants or if using new shafts, clean the shaft using a green Scotch pad, Ajax and hot water.  Let the shafts air dry so as not to contaminate the now clean surface with any dirt or oils.

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