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Old 12-29-2020, 09:09 AM
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Default Rivet tape tip

Instead of rivet tape, I discovered that Scotch matte finish "Magic Tape" works better than painter's tape or masking tape. It's mostly clear so you can still see the rivet head move around when you poke it from the back to identify that the bucking bar is in the correct location. It also comes off cleanly, no mess no fuss.

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Old 12-29-2020, 11:05 AM
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Scotchtape worked well for me too.
But i preferred double sided tape to help keep the gun from slipping off and causing a smiley.
Also,i found kapton tape from Grainger works better than scotch tape; it comes off without separating. It is the stuff on the outside of the rivet tape, but all the way across. I use the acrylic adhesive style of Kapton tape.
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Old 12-29-2020, 12:51 PM
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I bought some Scotch 811 tape from amazon. .it would pretty good too. Vans used to recommend scotch 811...
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Old 12-29-2020, 01:21 PM
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Tried all the other tape choices over the years. I always fell back to using rivet tape for a couple reasons.

Imagine you popped a rivet out of place in the middle of a rivet run, with rivet tape you don't have to re-load all the rivets again, because with regular tape the rivet heads were all stuck to the tape.

Rivet tape is reusable, at least I would reuse it to stick down the next row of rivets, to the point where (to prove I could do it) I used two 18" strips of rivet tape to rivet the whole top skins of a wing. I used only a couple more 18" strips to do the bottom skins, just to see how stingy I could be.
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Old 12-29-2020, 04:20 PM
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Default 3M Heavy Packing Tape

I used 3M Heavy Packing tape. Draw an "X" on the sticky side as a target for helpers. Make up a bunch for a long session. Cheap.
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Old 12-29-2020, 05:20 PM
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I agree with the OP. Back in the early 90's, when I was building my RV6, Scotch Removable Magic Tape was the one to use. Somehow, almost all of the builders back then were using it, without the benefit of the internet to get the tip. Must have been in one of the RVator newsletters.
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Old 12-29-2020, 06:45 PM
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Green automotive stripping tape, 5/16". I have never heard of marking an "X" before, sounds time-consuming.
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Old 12-29-2020, 06:55 PM
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Green automotive stripping tape, 5/16". I have never heard of marking an "X" before, sounds time-consuming.
Not at all. It's for rookies helping me. My flush set has marks on it. They align the marks with the "X" on the tape. Rivet is dead center on the flush set. I found helpers learned the gun faster than the bar so I always buck.
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Old 12-30-2020, 05:37 AM
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For those of us in the Great White North, Clear Hockey Tape !

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/r..._q=hockey+tape

This stuff is thick and tough. It has enough spring back that it acts like an anti slip mat when you rivet, and its easy to remove. One purchase is enough for the whole airplane project and you cant beat the price
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Old 12-30-2020, 06:56 AM
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For those of us in the Great White North, Clear Hockey Tape !

Probably work ok for normal riveting. I have always thought, and only used, tape to hold in rivets when back riveting on stiffeners. For back riveting I would not want that sponginess as the head may not end up flush.
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