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How To Apply Arrow Wraps

One of the most frequent questions we get asked at Bowrap is 'Just how easy are arrow wraps to fit?' and I say - Easy. So easy in fact my seven year old daughter Millie can do a cracking job. Mind you, I don't let Millie glue the fletchings, seven year old's and super glue don't mix.

So just to prove how easy it really is. I've put together an illustrated Bowrap Arrow Wrap Installation Guide. I'll be publishing An Arrow Wrap Removal Guide for when you want to change your wraps shortly.

These Are The Dressed Arrows We Are Going To Make

Bowrap Personalised Arrow Wraps - Design 0002 on Easton Platinum Plus XX75 29
Bowrap Personalised Arrow Wraps - Design 0002 on Easton Platinum Plus XX75 29" 1716 Arrow Shafts.

And These Are The Arrow Wraps We're Going To Use

Design 0002 is a really popular Arrow Wrap design. We manufacture all our arrow wraps using a thermal printing process and premium cast vinyl films with polyethylene liners. These wraps are perfect for the diameter of the arrow shafts I'm using. NOTE: Always check the diameter of your arrow shafts before ordering arrow wraps. Its important to apply the correct size.

Bowrap Arrow Wraps - 26mm x 180mm - Design 0002
Bowrap Arrow Wraps - 26mm x 180mm - Design 0002

To Make & Dress 12 Arrows With Wraps - We Will Need

  • 12 x Arrow Shafts. (I'm using Easton Platinum Plus XX75 29" Long 1716 Shafts)
  • 12 x Super G-Nocks in White. (Matched size for my bow string serving)
  • 12 x Easton Points. (
  • 12 x Cock Vanes (Easton 200 EPS Vanes in Fluro Pink)
  • 24 x Vanes (Easton 200 EPS Vanes in White)
  • 1 x Cartel Single Arrow Fletching Jig
  • 1 x Bowrap 12 Arrow Wrap Set - 26mm x 180mm - Design 0002
  • 1 x Tube of Bohning Fletch-Tite Platinum Adhesive.
  • 1 x A sheet of soft foam at least 180mm square.

Applying Bowrap Arrow Wraps - Before We Start

Whether you're starting with brand new bare shafts or dressing a used set, its always good practice to ensure the nock end of the arrows i.e. where the arrow wraps are going to be placed is clean and free of dirt and oily deposits. So to begin with I always give the arrow shafts a clean with warm soapy water and then towel dry.

Arrow shafts cleaned and new Easton Super G-Nocks fitted. It's time to apply the Arrow Wraps

With clean shafts, it's time to install your choice of nocks. My personal preference is to fit Easton G-Nocks or Super G-Nocks depending on the diameter of your serving. For this build I've choose a colour to compliment the arrow wrap design, in this case white.

A little tip for you - When installing nocks, I wipe the Nock spigot with a tiny bit of bow wax. I'll probably receive a heap of criticism for this, but the point being it makes the replacement of a damaged Nock far easier to remove when you need to replace them.

Let's Apply The Arrow Wrap

Take your sheet of arrow wraps and lay them out flat. This should be easy as are arrow wraps are supplied on a clear polyethylene liner which helps to prtect them from folds and crease damage.

Ready to apply? - Bowrap Arrow Wraps Sheet - Design 0002
Ready to apply? - Bowrap Arrow Wraps Sheet - Design 0002

The Most Common Application Mistake - Putting a wrap on Backwards

To avoid any mistakes in applying the arrow wrap upside down or back to front its important to understand the final orientation of the wrap. We want the name on the wrap to be towards the point of the arrow and the arrow identification number to be towards the nock.

When we have lifted the wrap away from the backing sheet we're going to gently lay it face down on a foam rolling sheet with the wraps adhesive side up.

Note: Ensure that the bowrap.com label on the left of the wrap is at the same end at the point of the arrow.

With that understood, gently begin to lift the corner of the wrap. Tack it to your thumb (as shown below) and peel away from the synthetic liner right to left.

Lift the corner of the first arrow wrap on the sheet. Tack it lightly to your thumb and peel slowly away.

Now gently place the wrap face down on the foam rolling pad. Avoid touching the adhesive side as much as possible.

The Wrap & Arrow All orientated correctly. Number at Nock end.
The wrap & arrow orientated correctly. Remember - Number at Nock end.

Pick up the arrow and align it with the top edge of the wrap. When your happy with its position place the arrow down onto the wrap. Apply some pressure along the length of the arrow.

Aligning the arrow to the top edge of the wrap.
Aligning the arrow to the top edge of the wrap.

Now applying a downward pressure we're going to roll the arrow forward (away from you) until the edge of the arrow wrap is stuck down. The soft foam pad will ensure that any air bubbles are squeegeed out. Place the arrow down on the foam pad again and this time we're going to roll the wrap back (towards you) again applying a downward pressure to expunge the air and complete the application.

Rolling the Arrow Wrap on to the arrow shaft using a soft foam pad and light pressure.
Rolling the Arrow Wrap on to the arrow shaft using a soft foam pad and light pressure.

And there we have it, a perfectly applied Bowrap Arrow Wrap.

A perfectly applied Bowrap Arrow Wrap.
A perfectly applied Bowrap Arrow Wrap.

Just another 12 arrows to go.

First 6 Arrows Complete.
First 6 Arrows Complete. Now they just require fletching.