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Old July 14th, 2014, 06:53 PM
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Removal of evil rivets

I am looking to remove some safari window covers in order to touch them up a bit. I haven't a clue how to remove them and put them back on. Any suggestions?

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Old July 14th, 2014, 07:08 PM
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I normally drill mine out. Others just shear off the head with a chisel.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 07:13 PM
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Old July 14th, 2014, 07:14 PM
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Drill. Much smaller than the head you see.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 07:20 PM
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I used a metal bit a little larger than the hole in the rivet. Drill it until the flat, top part comes off. Sometimes it will get stuck on the bit itself that's okay, just pull it off with your fingers or pliers. When the top is off it will either come out on it's own or will leave the neck still inside the metal, you can poke that all the way out with a punch, nail or a small screwdriver. You are going to need to get some new rivets and a gun to put them back on.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 07:21 PM
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Yes, drill out and replace with a rivet gun. Really easy to do. Make sure to take the drilled off heads off the bit with pliars (grab head, reverse drill) or the swarth may scratch the paint.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 08:05 PM
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Thanks everyone. I'm on it
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Old July 14th, 2014, 10:03 PM
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mask the paint with tape around the area where you'll be working to help prevent tiny scratches all over the place as the rivet breaks apart and spins with the drill bit.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 10:09 PM
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mask the paint with tape around the area where you'll be working to help prevent tiny scratches all over the place as the rivet breaks apart and spins with the drill bit.
drill bit is too large if the rivet spins
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drill bit is too large if the rivet spins
Is that what I did? I've only had to drill out the rivets in the door tops and just used the recommended size in the instructions. Good to know!
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Is that what I did? I've only had to drill out the rivets in the door tops and just used the recommended size in the instructions. Good to know!
That or dull. You want to cut the head off, not get enough grab to spin the rivet. Usually downsizing to a smaller sharper bit works the charm.
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Is that what I did? I've only had to drill out the rivets in the door tops and just used the recommended size in the instructions. Good to know!
Replacing window felt perhaps?????
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I find a sharp cold chisel is much quicker and safer than a drill.

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I used a chisel first whenever I could, but with some I just had to use the drill.
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Make sure you get yourself a Lazy ting riveter for afterwards. A normal riveter is hard going on your hands! The lazy tong makes short work of riveting.
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I don't think I'd use a chisel up against a painted surface. I use a drill, size it slightly larger than the hole in the middle. Too small, and it will drill through, but not take the rivet out. Too big and you open the hole more than you want. I just took 20 rivets out of the painted body on mine when I pulled the diamond plate off, no problem.
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