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Newbie18 posted 04-22-2001 01:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for Newbie18   Send Email to Newbie18  
In earlier post i read that when replacing a rub rail you must drill out the pop rivets. What happens to the rest of the rivet in the inside of the hull? Is it a problem?
kingfish posted 04-22-2001 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Good question, but there's not much you can do, even if you wanted to get at what's left. I have not had first hand experience with replacing a rubrail that involved these rivets, but I know the rivets would be either aluminum, or more likely stainless steel, so they are not going to oxidize or corrode in such fashion as to cause any "swelling" or discoloration that might somehow be an annoyance. the pieces will just fall until they find the closest foam (not far), if they are not aleady entrapped in foam. Not to worry.


beby138 posted 04-22-2001 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for beby138  Send Email to beby138     
I'm working on that right now ! , well i'm working on everything since a complete repair (using info of this site of course )is my goal, after i drilled the head some of them came out ( 5 % ),the rest just pushed in ,i don't like the rivet way so i'll replace it w/ ss screws,made some treated wood plugs and wetted w/ a little bit of 5200 stacked on the hole, now i can screw it back ;-)
Tom W Clark posted 04-22-2001 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
These guys are right, just push the rest of the pop rivet into the foam and seal the hole with some chaulk (3M 5200, 4200, 101, Sika 231, 241 240, ect.) I suggest the new rub rail fasteners (s.s. screws or pop rivets) be drilled into "new" areas of the gunnel, preferabley between the old holes. This way you are sure to get a good bite.

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