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Tech-Pretty Blind Rivits

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 52pickup, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. 52pickup
    Joined: Aug 11, 2004
    Posts: 833

    from Tucson, Az

    This is pretty simple, but something some people might not think of. When using blind rivits(pop rivits) in areas on your car where they will be visable, polishing them can make a huge difference.

    I'm sorry, I don't have any pictures, but you should get the idea without them.

    First, take the rivit to a vise, or anything where you can support the head of the rivit, with an opening under the rivit. Using a hammer(or whatever is handy) tap the "nail" out of the rivit body. You are going to be going the opposite direction with the nail as you would if you were installing the rivit.

    Now you should have a bare rivit body. Take it to your bench grinder, with a buffing wheel on it, and give it a quick buff. Tip: This thing is going to get really hot, really quick. I often use the nail as a handle, partially inserted into the rivit, but not far enough to get it into the buffing wheel.

    Reinstall the nail by hand. If it doesnt go all the way by hand dont worry about it, the rivit gun will pull it in when you go to install it. Before you put it in the rivit gun, take a piece of masking tape and put it across the hole of the rivit gun where the rivit goes. Pierce the tape with the nail and proceed as normal. The tape will prevent scratching the newly polished surface of the rivit when you install it.

    Pretty simple, but it does make a difference. Hope this helps someone, and again, sorry for the lack of photography.
  2. hoof
    Joined: Jul 14, 2006
    Posts: 620


    The machine shop guy at work just told me he used to put a shot bag under the metal he was rivetting together and use a push rod or something like that to "dimple" it. Then when you seated the pop rivet it was below the level of the surrounding metal and you could fill right over it and sand it flush.
  3. 31aBoy
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 640


    I know I will keep this in mind next time I use rivets 52. Thanks

    It was before my time, but I hope nobody uses filler over rivets anymore...
  4. recardo
    Joined: Aug 31, 2006
    Posts: 833

    from Winslow

    JB Weld ;)

  5. enjenjo
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 2,582

    from swanton oh

    Chuck them in a drill, run the drill as you polish, no hot fingers, and it polishes in no time.
  6. Sellers Equipped
    Joined: Oct 18, 2006
    Posts: 610

    Sellers Equipped
    from San Jose

    Little secret!!!!!!,, you can buy stainless hardware,, (bolts), ,there called a blind headed bolt.. looks just like a domed rivet head,, but there bolts,,
  7. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825


    Cool little detail. But a blind rivit has no nail, a rivit with a nail is a pop rivit.
  8. What's your source for these?
  9. stealthcruiser
    Joined: Dec 24, 2002
    Posts: 3,748


    I think all "blind rivets" have a nail,or "stem" as its called.

    If you can get to the backside of the pieces you are joining,then you
    do not have to use the blind rivet.

    Best I remember,the term "blind" was given to the rivet to signify that is what you used on a "blind hole".

    (I knew a blind girl once,but that's another story).
  10. pictures! i demand pictures!
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 983

    from Not Listed

    I used around 1600 rivets to skin my car. I just painted over them because they made the car look cool.
  12. chop509
    Joined: Oct 13, 2006
    Posts: 140


    Could you post a link or source for these, they might be just what I'm looking for. Thanks
  13. eviljake
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 83

    from Austin, TX

  14. raffman
    Joined: Sep 28, 2005
    Posts: 658


    Also Restoration Supply, got to warn ya the price adds up quick on those little mothers
  15. Sellers Equipped
    Joined: Oct 18, 2006
    Posts: 610

    Sellers Equipped
    from San Jose

    Correct it is Restoration Supply Company,
    They have every little detail nicA naCk item you could think of,, correct era cert fittings, to oil fillers, down to vintage leather hood straps with the spring hold downs.. Cloth cover wiring, Raja spark plug ends many to choose from, down to knurled brass tops for your spark plugs.. 800-306-7008..

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