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Old 11-12-2012, 11:27 PM
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Question Marred skin with flush set

Hi guys and gals,

I've been flush riveting away on my horizontal stabilizer skins, but my flush set has also been marking its territory:



I think that ultimately these marks won't matter as they'll all be covered with paint, but that do bother me a bit in the meantime. Is there anything I can/should do? I tried running the flush set over my scotchbrite wheel, but didn't seem much improvement.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:34 PM
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Default One technique

You can score the protective blue plastic with a soldering gun and save two inch wide strips to use, or use clear packing tape, to hold the rivets and serve as a protective shield over a row of rivets when riveting
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:53 PM
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Default Clear packing tape

I had the exact same problem and it drove me nuts. Local builder Bruce Hill gave me a tip to use clear packing tape (about 2-3" strips work well) to cover the rivet(s) before setting. The tape also helps in many scenarios to hold the flush rivets in place.

This really helped the quality if my riveting, and not a single blemish on my wings.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:04 AM
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Default Carpet tape

I use the really thin carpet tape. It's sticky on both sides (obviously) so the set doesn't move. Works great. Replace as necessary.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:27 AM
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Default Worry not

It will come right off with Nuvite if you plan to polish. (Done it)
It will come right off with scotchbrite if you plan to paint. (more aggressive than Nuvite)
Don't waste time preventing this minor scuff.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:00 AM
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put blue painters tape on your flush rivet set, problem goes away, it does wear down so you have to periodically replace it
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:09 AM
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+1 on the blue painters tape. Since I use it to hold lines of rivets in place, anyway, the painters tape is quite handy. I'm sure duct tape, carpet tape etc... will perform well too.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:12 AM
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Default tape

You can get some rivit tape from suppliers works great.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:11 AM
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You can get some rivit tape from suppliers works great.
+1 on rivet tape. It saves the skins from marring, and the rivet heads don't cut thru it like they do with packaging and masking tape. And you can reuse strips of the rivet tape quite a few times before it looses stickiness.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:30 AM
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+1 on the blue painters tape. Since I use it to hold lines of rivets in place, anyway, the painters tape is quite handy. I'm sure duct tape, carpet tape etc... will perform well too.
+2 on the blue painters tape. I also use the blue painters tape on universal head rivets but with 3 layers.
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