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Old 10-04-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Filling in Rivet Holes

After removing our gaucho...I noticed there are now many holes left in the inner skin. There are also holes from PO screws that were removed. We plan on painting the interior. What technique can be used to fill in the rivet holes? Thanks!

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Old 10-04-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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You'll think I'm trying to be a wise guy, but I filled mine with rivets. Just paint over them since your going to paint anyway. I'll bet by the time you get a chair (or a new gaucho?) against that wall, you won't even notice them.

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Old 10-05-2009, 12:52 AM   #3
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You'll think I'm trying to be a wise guy, but I filled mine with rivets. Just paint over them since your going to paint anyway. I'll bet by the time you get a chair (or a new gaucho?) against that wall, you won't even notice them.

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We were going to suggest the same thing! (Wink!)
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Same here. That's how we filled ours.....with rivets.

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Old 10-05-2009, 06:12 AM   #5
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Most people use rivets, though I do seem to recall a suggestion of arrows being used on exterior holes.
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HAHAHA! We are using rivets as well. I am drilling a rivet pattern in the walls since there are so many... Diamond plate look maybe?
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Just remember that different size/depth holes will require various rivet sizes. It's not one size fits all.

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We have just been using rivets here as well...
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Bob,

If you want a nice smooth finish, without the erratic pattern of random rivets everywhere, you can use automotive body filler before you paint.

Sanded and primed before painting, your walls will look terrific.



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I have noticed several area where the PO used large sheet metal screws in place of rivets. Would you also replace these with rivets...certainly they would look better than the large screw heads. Thanks for all the suggestions...looks like the rivets have it!

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Bought a rivet tool today and started filling the holes. Looks alot better. But I think the rivet tool is malfunctioning...after snapping off the rivet, it is leaving a spur on the rivet head. Thanks for the suggestions.

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What type of rivets are you using? Can you post a photograph of the offending spur?

I've had this happen with steel shanked rivets, and with Olympics.
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I've had this happen with aluminum rivets as well and would like to know why this happens. I just assumed that it was my riveting technique. The good news is that you can shave the "nibs" off with a Dremel tool. BTW, don't use steel rivets, use the all aluminum ones. The steel ones are hard to drill out and may interact badly with the aluminum shell and walls of the camper.
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Actually using the rivet tool was fun. I was using aluminum rivets. Thought the problem was the tool...took it back to Lowe's and exchanged. I was able to push the spur back into the rivet with a center punch. Noticed all sizes of holes in our trailer. Had an assortment of rivet sizes. Guess I'm a rivet man now!

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