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Old 07-31-2006, 01:13 AM   #15
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I guess I'll order a few Olympic rivets & give it a try. I'm a bit nervous about the smoothing of the head, but I'll give it a shot. Thanks. The link was a nice thing to see & I understand a bit better. Guess all I need is a sanding head for my dremel, since I'm not going to buy the shaver. Thanks again,
Becky
You'll get good at rivet shaving with a Dremel tool, trust me. My first few were awful but the more I did the better I got at it. After I do my polish job you won't know the difference.
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Old 07-31-2006, 04:13 PM   #16
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Hi,
I've picked-up some Olympic rivets at Airstream and noticed little black washers attached. I seem to remember reading something about removing/not-removing them?

I can't remember the thread and couldn't find it in search.

So, remove or not to remove, that is the question?


Thanks in advance,

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It will make it leak if you remove them
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Old 07-31-2006, 04:32 PM   #17
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It will make it leak if you remove them
Not if you apply some Vulkem or Parbond sealer to the back side of the rivet head.

That is a better seal than the original construction.

It's "GUARANTEED" not to leak, "ever".

Any and all rubber or neoprene washers etc, have a limited life, depending on it's use at how much heat or sun that it has been exposed to.

Washers on Olympic rivets, are a "NO NO".

If you do use them, you will be and in time.

Guaranteed.

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Old 07-31-2006, 08:42 PM   #18
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Andy and uwe are right ,don't use the washers ,all the 100s of rivits I have
purchased from inland Rv never had any black washer ,you will have maximum
strength without the seal .I don't know why those have a seal ,as it will
limit the rivits clamping ability .I have bought 3 or 4 100 rivit packs over the
last couple years ,no little seal.

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:05 PM   #19
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Need 10 rivets!

WoW heated.
I have removed the o-rings and applied Parabond.
But now I'm short about 10 rivets, can anyone spare to sell 10-15

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:09 PM   #20
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WoW heated.
I have removed the o-rings and applied Parabond.
But now I'm short about 10 rivets, can anyone spare to sell 10-15

Michael

You have an Airstream.

You will need rivets, many times.

Buy a bag of 100 for $20.00 and you will have some spares, "for the next time".

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:58 PM   #21
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Andy and uwe are right ,don't use the washers ,all the 100s of rivits I have
purchased from inland Rv never had any black washer ,you will have maximum
strength without the seal .I don't know why those have a seal ,as it will
limit the rivits clamping ability .I have bought 3 or 4 100 rivit packs over the
last couple years ,no little seal.

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Scott,
The Olympic rivets are used for other applications besideds Airstreams. We use the ones with the neoprene/rubber washers in various roofing applications. Typically in conjunction with polymer panels that you want fastened down snuggly but not so tight as to crack. For this application they are great. But as has been pointed out you don't want them for Airstreams.

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Old 09-01-2006, 12:35 AM   #22
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Wow you guys really get serious about this rivet stuff!! I am a new owner with lots to learn , so by listening to all of you bat it back & forth I have already learned an answer to my ? in my first post .Am I correct in assuming that I can apply Olimpics with a good hand pop rivet gun? I dont even know at this point what an Olimpic looks like before aplication. Guess I need to find a dealer & buy a few and experiment .
Any of you have any good ideas on how I can remove 1 1/2" of water from between the glass on my curved front wing window??? Thanks Reg
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