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Old 10-16-2004, 06:21 PM   #1
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banana wrap: salvageable?

Or do you think we should just toss and cut another?

And...how exactly do you remove the rivets that don't have a belly button? The ones with the little holes in the middle are easy...what do you do about these?

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Old 10-16-2004, 06:51 PM   #2
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Ingrid,
That wrap looks like toast to me, but.... As far as removing bucked rivets...they make a self centering drilling tool that works great!...but I can't find the link! FOUND IT! I think I bought mine from Aircraft Tools If your eyesite is decent you can generally get close enough by eyeballing. But if you have a bunch of rivets to drill out or wear bifocals these tools are the only way to go.

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Old 10-17-2004, 09:20 AM   #3
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Banana wrap

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Or do you think we should just toss and cut another?

And...how exactly do you remove the rivets that don't have a belly button? The ones with the little holes in the middle are easy...what do you do about these?

pictures attached. Thanks,

ingrid
Ingrid,
You could slowly work that back into shape with a small hammer. I had one that bad on our 31. The front right corner of the trailer got hit by a tire that had come off a car on the freeway and bounced up and hit the trailer while going down the road. It wiped out the wrap and the curved sheet panel on the trailer. I pulled the wrap off and slowly worked the panel back into shape . Neither are perfect but look pretty good. It just takes time and paitence. The wrap would not be a easy piece to replicate out of sheet because of the curves in it. If all else fails you could just buy some of the plastic replacement wraps.
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Old 10-17-2004, 01:28 PM   #4
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You could slowly work that back into shape with a small hammer. I had one that bad on our 31. The front right corner of the trailer got hit by a tire that had come off a car on the freeway and bounced up and hit the trailer while going down the road. It wiped out the wrap and the curved sheet panel on the trailer. I pulled the wrap off and slowly worked the panel back into shape . Neither are perfect but look pretty good. It just takes time and paitence. The wrap would not be a easy piece to replicate out of sheet because of the curves in it. If all else fails you could just buy some of the plastic replacement wraps.
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How awful do the plastic replacements look?

I think I'll try to fix the wrap before tossing so I can be sure.

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Old 10-19-2004, 08:57 PM   #5
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Another rivit removal tool source...

I bought my rivit removal tool at Aircraft Spruce. Check out the following:

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...vetremoval.php

It really does work very nicely too. I have heard that you can also use a spring loaded center punch to put a dent in the middle of the rivit so you can drill them out. I personally have felt that the tool I bought was well worth the money. I had to take out a whole external panel and drilled out maybe 50 rivits without any problems.

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To get a center on the rivets that do not show a dimple us a center punch.I also use the punch on the rivets with a dimple to get a good center for the drill.
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