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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, maybe you all can help me out here. I think I missed up the first rivet putting on the mohawk strip? The rivet gun wouldn't take anymore off than what you see in the image below. Thought something was faulty with the gun, so grabbed another from the hardware store, but still nothing's happening.

Should I get the rivet out and try it again? Am I missing something here?




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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See if you can get the rivet gun back on it and pull carefully but all the way to catch and break it off.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ionicdesign wrote:
See if you can get the rivet gun back on it and pull carefully but all the way to catch and break it off.


Yeah, I'm able to get the rivet gun back on, but when I squeeze, nothing happens, it's not catching in it at all for me to pull or anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the gun set to the right rivet size? That's my only other idea, can be tricky there isn't a lot of spare room between catching and slipping through.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ionicdesign wrote:
Is the gun set to the right rivet size? That's my only other idea, can be tricky there isn't a lot of spare room between catching and slipping through.

Yep, we're using the smallest one the rivet would fit all the way into. I think I probably just messed this one up somehow - we'll cut it and I can use the Dremel to sand it down, I guess.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, might also try gently rocking it back and for with pliers to see it is would snap properly too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ionicdesign wrote:
OK, might also try gently rocking it back and for with pliers to see it is would snap properly too.

Thanks for the all the advice - I'm such a newbie, something like this was bound to happen eventually...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did that work? (fingers crossed : ) )
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ionicdesign wrote:
Did that work? (fingers crossed : ) )

I didn't have pliers or anything, so I used the dremel at the highest setting and just sanded it off then sanded down the small bit of excess. That'll do for now. Here's hoping I don't also mess up the rest of the rivets...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd add a "step 0"

0. Before painting, wash everything, rinse and let dry. Like you were washing the dishes Laughing

Especially if you use a scrubby pad to smooth out the surface. The minute scratches help the paint get a grip, but the powered plastic residue can actually prevent the paint from bonding with the part.

Most of the time, you're OK. But anything on the plastic will stay between it and the first coat of paint. There can be all sorts of chemicals left from the manufacturing process of the plastic, plus the oils and grease from your hands while assembling.

This can cause any number of problems down the road. Textured or cracked paint - "orange peeling", large cracks or chipping, spots that just won't dry completely, etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ready to paint.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo Whoo!! Bet you are getting a little excited? Everyday I look at mine it is hard to believe I did it and it turned out as nice as it did.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ravenkeeper wrote:
Woo Whoo!! Bet you are getting a little excited? Everyday I look at mine it is hard to believe I did it and it turned out as nice as it did.

Yeah, we'll be using my wife's art studio for the painting and I keep very impatiently asking her when a good time to go is...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got on two coats of primer last night and taped it all up to start the red (we're going to hand paint the yellow bits instead of spray painting).


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am way too impatient for this whole "wait for the paint to dry" thing. I just want to keep working on it!

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