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Old 06-11-2008, 06:54 PM   #15
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thanks for all the help

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Old 06-12-2008, 04:00 AM   #16
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We used two-part car body filler. It was great and we have become experts after hundreds of holes! Use a countersink drill bit to make the hole wider at the surface (your side). That stops the filler falling through the hole when you sand it and also helps if there is a lump in the aluminum sheet caused by enthusiastic removal of what was there. Don't sand off with sandpaper alone. Use a block of some kind to make sure you don't make the filler concave or dished. Sand right back until you see the circle of the hole so you don't see a lump when you paint it. Paint doesn't cover raised filler - it draws attention to it!

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Old 06-12-2008, 04:48 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by rogerdodger View Post
ok, next question. I have never riveted, so, where do I get them, the tool etc. Lowes, Home Depot, ??
Roger - If you go with rivits, they are easy to do and quick and cheap. DO NOT use steel rivits, must use aluminum! Check out vVntage Trailer Supply. Steve has everything you need. I went with the Olympic rivits because I could shave them down for an ultra clean look.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:06 AM   #18
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Nah...don't use rivets...fill the holes with toothpaste...that's what the PO did with my previous airstream...and boy-oh-boy was I ever so happy...

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