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Old 06-06-2012, 07:12 PM   #15
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so should they be re sealed with Butyl or with Vulkum?
I use butyl, Sikalastic 511, but I get it for free from work. The main thing is to get sealant in the joint so it is in compression.

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Old 06-07-2012, 06:23 AM   #16
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So if I am understanding correctly then the Olympic rivets will leave a larger hole so I need to use the "SOLID ALUMINUM RIVETS - UNIVERSAL HEAD - AN470 from Aircraft Spruce" rivets mentioned above.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:32 AM   #17
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So if I am understanding correctly then the Olympic rivets will leave a larger hole so I need to use the "SOLID ALUMINUM RIVETS - UNIVERSAL HEAD - AN470 from Aircraft Spruce" rivets mentioned above.
They use the same size hole for both. 5/32" unless you get the rivets from Airstream. They used 1/8" universal head for the original construction and still do.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:00 AM   #18
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Vintage Trailer Supply sells 5/32" solid rivets that have a head that is closer to the original than the universals that Aircraft Spruce sells.

For sealing areas where nothing shows 3M 5200 is a good product (it's typically white).
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #19
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I have drilled out over 100 Olympic rivets and an equal number of pop rivets (of all things) that were used to re-skin my trailer (overlay project from exterior). All of these rivets have been replaced with the VTS 5/32" modified brazier head rivets that have the head size of the AS factory 1/8" rivets. I'm using TremPro 635 to install all of the rivets. Take a look at this thread for more details http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...aks-88252.html. After installation, just wipe the surface of the rivet and surrounding area with a rag containing a slight bit of mineral spirits and follow up with a dry wiping rag.

I've been disappointed with how leaky the Olympic rivets were. If you've pulled the inner skins, you should take the opportunity to improve the original repair, in my opinion. I've also been discouraged with how some aspects of the trailer sheet metal were assembled at the factory. I am selectively some of these aspects of my trailer that have been there from day one.
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