Originally Posted by alumascoupe
Well if it comes down to painting them does anyone know of a halfway decent way to prep the rivets for better adhesion ? Spray bombing on un-prepped un-primed aluminum sounds like the perfect storm of paint chips down the road and during riveting. And I am NOT sanding all those rivets !!
Handle the rivets by the stem. After the paint dries, you can put them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven set to 150 degrees for 30 minutes to speed curing time. When you get the paint, pick up a small paint brush, and after the rivets are installed, spray some paint into the cap of the paint. Use the brush dipped in the paint to touch up any spots on the rivets that get scuffed by the rivet gun.