Repair to outside trim above door - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-12-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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Repair to outside trim above door

The little rain gutter trim piece above the outside door has pulled away on one end and the rivet broke. Any recommendation on how to fix this?
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:16 PM   #2
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Id rerivet it
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:40 PM   #3
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Yah you're probably right I just need to go get a rivet gone and do it. I don't have the tools so I was trying to think of other ways.
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:22 PM   #4
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If you don't have a rivet tool and don't expect to need a cadillac version, this one just might do the job for you:
https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-r...set-38353.html

The one-star reviews aren't exactly overwhelming but for $4.99 (complete with rivets), it just might do the job for you.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:47 AM   #5
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Thanks. I'm going to get the HF version. Interestingly they also have the correct size rivets 1/8"x5/8" which seem rather uncommon expect ordering online.
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Also I can't borrow one from friends because I'm the guy with the tools and it would ruin my image.
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:09 PM   #7
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When you drill out the old rivet have care to not blow through the inside liner. You also probably won't be able to get the inside piece of the rivet out from behind the liner.


It's not a problem. The piece left inside is small and one can just use a small piece of wire like a bent paper clip to reach though the hole from the outside and slide it off to one side or down to make way for a new rivet.

You might be able to get away with just a re-rivet of a couple that are loose, or may have to remove the whole rain guard to replace the butyl tape under it.

Make sure those Harbor Freight rivets are aluminum shaft and body and not steel. Your aluminum rain shield will corrode much more rapidly if you use a steel rivet on it. Also the force needed to "pop" a steel rivet is different than same size aluminum. Thus the tension the fastener applies would be different.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:00 AM   #8
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You might want to buy "closed end" rivets. They have a built in seal between the pin and the body of the rivet. Or you can put a dab of Butyl and work it into the top of the rivet. Regular rivets can leak through the pin. Either method, you will need to put some Butyl around the head of the rivet before installing it to help prevent leaks. Overkill, I know but worth it to keep the evil H2O out of your trailer.
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