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Old 07-25-2017, 11:47 AM   #1
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So, if one will be removing Boler emblems and the like by drilling out the old rivets, what happens to the pieces inside, hidden by the Ensolite? Not going to remove rivet pieces by removing lining. Will they be detectable as bumps on the inside lining? Has this "entrapment" issue have a viable, practical solution?
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If the bump wasn't noticed before it was pushed out it shouldn't be noticed after unless you push it through the ensolite. The bigger issue is getting the old piece slid aside to make room for the new rivet.
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Same problem here ! I hope to merely slit the ensolite; then, work the left-over rivet piece through the slit, and finally spray adhesive through the slit, to refinish, knowing that a squirt of caulk and sponging should complete the hide, prior to repainting all my interior ensolite ? Any further advice ?
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For the rivets holding the rain drip guard above the door, I ignored rivet remains trapped between the FG and the ensolite. The rivet remains are not noticed due to the ensolite's thickness and stiffness. (Though when replacing the porch light, I slit the ensolite inside the closet and retrieved the remains, then used machine screws and nylock nuts to secure the new porch light.)
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So, if one will be removing Boler emblems and the like by drilling out the old rivets, what happens to the pieces inside, hidden by the Ensolite? Not going to remove rivet pieces by removing lining. Will they be detectable as bumps on the inside lining? Has this "entrapment" issue have a viable, practical solution?
They should not cause you any significant problems. If you do see an offending lump you can excise it by making a small slit with a craft knife and extracting the fastener with tweezers or forceps. If the old rivet gets in your way take a wire coat hanger, bend the tip over into a very short L shape and insert it into the hole to move the old rivet out of the way.
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That is a great idea using bent stiff wire to move that rivet stump out of the way to lie flush with the body and Ensolite! Thanks!
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I found that if I drilled a small pilot hole then slowly increased the size of the drill bit, I was able to pull out the whole rivit from the outside because it was wedged onto the head of the bit. Didn't work every time but "2 out of 3 ain't bad"
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