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Old 11-19-2005, 04:49 PM
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What to use to tack the rivets?

Hi all,
I am removing some emblems from my car. I have read that rivets then tacking them with a welder works. Seems like a good way to me. My questions are what type of rivets and where to get them and what would be the cheapest welder I can get by with to do this? All I am welding are the small holes. The rest of my car is sound.
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if i understand what your asking, you want to just fill the holes for good, right ?

best way to do it is just to tackweld the holes closed, no need for putting a rivit in first. just make sure the heat is high enough so that the tackweld protrudes slightly out the backside of the panel, ensuring that the weld penetrates the steel
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yeah, just weld the holes shut, no need for anything else for the small holes from emblems. If it were a decent size hole then you would need to plug weld it up starting on the edges and circle to the center. A small hole just spot shut with the welder without getting too hot that you warp the metal around it. Leave the metal cool before filling in another hole. I have seen cheap welders as low as 85 bucks at harbor frieght, but think a welder is one area you may want to bite the bullet and buy a good name brand like miller or lincoln. They are very nice to have. You don't need much of a welder for typical bodywork. I've had my small lincoln weldpak 100 for a long time, and its enough for most stuff I do. Unless you are planning on welding plate or something, a small 110 model will do for sheetmetal work.
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