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Old 11-04-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Soon I will be replacing the Olympic rivets on my trailer with bucked rivets. I already have the replacement rivets. They have the "Gold Coating" on them. I have read on the forum that this coating will polish off. My question is will it do any harm to put these in my bullet polishing tumbler and clean them off before installation. What is the purpose of the coating?

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Old 11-04-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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My question is will it do any harm to put these in my bullet polishing tumbler and clean them off before installation. What is the purpose of the coating?

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Greetings NUTZ- Hmm...... I have a brass casing tumbler, never needed to polish my bullets. Well maybe my silver tips when the October moon is full. If you used corn husk I think it would do an awsome job. Not sure why the coating, I too would like to know its purpose.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:13 PM   #3
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Soon I will be replacing the Olympic rivets on my trailer with bucked rivets. I already have the replacement rivets. They have the "Gold Coating" on them. I have read on the forum that this coating will polish off. My question is will it do any harm to put these in my bullet polishing tumbler and clean them off before installation. What is the purpose of the coating?

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The gold finish is called "Alodine".

It's primarily used by the aircraft industry.

To replace the olympic rivets properly, you will need 5/32 diameter rivets, since the diameter of the olympics is 5/32".

The proper drill bit size is a # 21 drill bit.

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I believe they are coated to protect them from oxidation from the time they are manufactured.

The Alodine finish comes right off - very easily. Actually, the act of bucking them takes off some of it...and the rest kinda fades with the weather, what's left can be removed with the first pass with a buffer - probably even by hand if you aren't doing a full polish job. However, I can't see that tumbling them would be a problem - unless they are soft enough that the tumbling would damage the edges - the edges are pretty thin.

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The gold finish is called "Alodine".

It's primarily used by the aircraft industry.

To replace the olympic rivets properly, you will need 5/16 diameter rivets, since the diameter of the olympics is 5/32".

The proper drill bit size is a # 21 drill bit.

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5/16 diameter rivets? I shot some a few years ago, I had to use a 9X gun and a piece of railroad track to buck them. All funny aside I thick Andy made a typo as it should be 5/32.

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:38 PM   #6
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Kip, I hope you are correct. A quick look shows a #21 drill is .1590
A 5/16 rivet is a .3125 dia
I think that sucker would be pretty well mushroomed just trying to get it through the hole!

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:57 PM   #7
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5/16 diameter rivets? I shot some a few years ago, I had to use a 9X gun and a piece of railroad track to buck them. All funny aside I thick Andy made a typo as it should be 5/32.

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I did say 5/32"

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The gold finish is called "Alodine".

It's primarily used by the aircraft industry.

To replace the olympic rivets properly, you will need 5/16 diameter rivets, since the diameter of the olympics is 5/32".

The proper drill bit size is a # 21 drill bit.

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Sure looks to me like 5/16th. I added the red.

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I don't see the problem. It's the head diameter, not the stem.
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John...#21 bit for sure. Don't bother tumbling, the polisher will take the coating right off. Do your rivets have numbers stamped in them too? That is the thing that bothers me, but quickly you stop seeing them.
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John...#21 bit for sure. Don't bother tumbling, the polisher will take the coating right off. Do your rivets have numbers stamped in them too? That is the thing that bothers me, but quickly you stop seeing them.
We have slightly shaved our bucked rivets with the numbers on them. It makes the edges a little softer so they show even less once polished. Got to be careful not to go to deep though - the shaver will leave a bit of a ridge if you do...but can be polished smooth if you do with a bit more effort.

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