Brief Description: Rivet p3 hinges to fiberglass tips-1
Today, I planned to get the p3 hinges riveted to the right tip. I sanded the inside of the tip where the hinge will go to ensure an even surface to bond the hinge to. I started with the bottom hinge—mixed up some resin with a couple scoops of flox and I used a small brush to spread the goo inside the tip as well as the back side of the hinge. I clecoed the hinge in place—spaced them out so as not to have too many clecoes to clean up later. I started in the middle of the tip with a cleco on each side of an empty hole. I put a dab of resin/flox into the rivet hole, inserted a rivet squeezed with my pneumatic squeezer. I use AN426A3-4 rivets—these are soft rivets and hopefully, along with them being “wet” riveted will not be prone to cracking of the glass somewhere down the road. I moved clecoes and squeezed rivets until all holes were filled. Then, I went back with a toothpick and made sure there was no resin in the holes of the hinge eyelets or on the face of the face of them. On the next hinge, I’ll use less goop on the mating surfaces. After cleanup, I decided one hinge was enough for today. The colder weather (45 degrees) did allow to get all the rivets set before the resin got too thick to work with. I don’t think I could get this done in the summer time!