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Old 03-21-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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Copper Rivets?

I was looking online today at rivets for the interior or my airstream and wondered if anyone has ever done a different color of rivet to add some decoration? I think the fact that Airstream rivets everything is really cool and thought it might be a cool look to accent the rivets instead of trying to hide them. What does everyone think or has anyone chosen to do this?
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Agree it would look cool. Not sure about the dissimilar metals and how they would react? Some of the engineer nuts on here should be able to answer that for you.
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Aluminum rivets with copper coloring? Or actual copper?

Not sure that I would do the latter for numerous reasons even if it did look Ok due to different metals and that the copper would change color and streak. Am not bashing the idea, just say-in.
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You found copper blind (pop) rivets? I suppose the things to be wary of are what material the mandrel is made out of (you don't want steel), and you might do some research to see if there is a potential for a corrosive reaction between the dissimilar metals (aluminum and copper). Typically you really want to avoid mixing aluminum with copper where wiring (for example, aluminum wires with a Cu only outlet) and flowing electricity is concerned.

One of the best arguments for using aluminum rivets with aluminum mandrels is that there are no dissimilar metals to react with one another.

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My new end cap has aluminum rivets with a copper colored coating, it rubs off but the wife liked the look so it's a keeper I guess.
I personally would not worry about mixing aluminum and copper in an interior dry condition. Zink Galv. and copper is not a good mix but pretty sure it takes moisture to create electrolysis.

Google found this:
. Aluminum will be very susceptible to galvanic corrosion in contact with copper, assuming that the two metals are also in contact with a common electrolyte (such as water with some ionic content.) Almost any text or handbook on corrosion will have galvanic series table.
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I believe the coating is zinc chromate. Helps prevent corrosion.
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A lot of moisture inside an airstream when its cool outside!
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Dissimilar metals can causes galvanic corrosion. You do not want that! Copper and aluminium do not mix.
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