Abandoning exterior rivet/screw holes - Fiberglass RV

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Abandoning exterior rivet/screw holes

In the back corner of our Casita where we sleep, there are 3 small metal brackets (for a small TV wood shelf for I guess). Each bracket is secured through the exterior wall with two pop rivets. We've never needed to use the brackets. However, they're a problem since the brackets just above my wife's head during sleep times. Consequently, they're semi-dangerous. I want to eliminate them.

If I drill out the rivets, how do I seal the holes? Is there a cosmetic application on the exterior surface or just live with the visual of 6 previous holes? Thank you for any response(s).

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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I guess the easiest thing to do would be to drill out the rivets and remove the brackets, then install new rivets in the existing holes through the bottom half of the "snap caps" but attaching nothing.

Add a dab of caulk and cover it with the upper half of the snap caps.

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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Everything Frederick said, except perhaps:

Instead of putting rivets back in, you might just buy nylon hole plugs- they can be pushed on with a dab of caulk applied beforehand, will fit snugly and won't leak. Available in various sizes at any hardware store...

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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Some good suggestions here.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #5
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Thank you very much. All of your suggestions are workable. I'm going to concentrate on the epoxy with small amount of white paint/get(?). Again, thanks.
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