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otto posted 07-19-2001 11:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for otto   Send Email to otto  
I'm bringing an '82 Sport back to life and while doing some relatively serious surgery to the transom and a bit of fiberglass nick/ gouge repair, I'm also swapping out her rub rail. Reading this site's recent rail replacement article, I figured it would be a no-brainer--until I started removing the black rub rail insert and saw that instead of the screws holding the receiver/track to the hull, the screws had been replaced with pop rivets. I'm guessing, based on info in the article, someone replaced the original with the BW supplied kit that included rivets. Obviously this is going to be a lot more time/effort to get them out--and I'm assuming drilling is the way to go. But before I start, thought I'd ask if there's a better way or any not so obvious mistakes to avoid. Anybody removed these rivets and share lessons learned? If drilling them out is the best method, can you recommend any procedures/techniques? i.e., drill size, replacement screw size/head type, and especially any precautions or advice that will help keep me from doing something dumb? Thanks! otto.
Tom W Clark posted 07-19-2001 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The rivets are from the factory and work quite well. Do not despair, they come off easily enough.

Drill the heads off with a 3/16" drill bit. You know the head is drilled off when the head spins with the drill bit. After the heads are drilled off just push the remaining rivet into the hull. After the rivets are all pushed in the old rub rail will have fallen to the ground. Now make sure all the rivet remnants are pushed all the way into the foam and seal the holes with a polyurethane caulk like 3M 4200 or 5200 or Sika 231, 240 or 241. It won't show so don't get too bogged down in being neat.

When you install the new rub rail drill your holes in between the old ones. You may use either screws or rivets.

jimh posted 07-19-2001 11:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Get a good, sharp, high quality drill bit to use on the rivets, too. A couple of bucks for a new drill (or two) will make life easier.

Are those rivets aluminum or stainless? (Aluminum, I hope!)

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