How do you remove rivets?

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  1. Solscud007

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    Ok on G1 headmasters, the legs are held together by rivets. any ideas on how to remove them?

    Please dont say "tough luck, mod around the rivets"

    Im thinking slow speed drilling? any other ideas?

    I need to recast some parts and I need to remove the rivets will as little damage as possible.
     
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    on a normal rivet, you'd drill the head off and it'll fall apart. Have you tried heating it up with a soldering iron yet?
     
  3. REDLINE

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    rivets are indeed covered in the pin removal guide, btw.
     
  4. Solscud007

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    Really a soldering iron will remove rivets? hmm I will look into the tutorial. thanks Redline

    ok I took a quick peek and there is nothing about rivets.

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials-how-tos/214537-how-remove-pins-rivets.html

    I think maybe we are on the wrong page. When Im talking about rivets, I mean rivets. self closing rivets. not pins with heads on them.

    Take a look at G1 headmaster Duros
    http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/toys/g1-1987/duros/197/2/17/
    http://www.seibertron.com/images/toys/files/04/duros009.jpg

    Look carefully at his knees. They are held together with a rivet, not a pin
     
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    You can still remove rivets with a soldering iron.
     
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    do like i mentioned in the PM. Drilling off the rivet's head will release the sleeve from the pin and it'll slide right out.
     
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    Got a dremel? Use the grinder as f_r said and grind off the head. If needed grind off the base also, if you can get to it. Basically you are trying to breakdown it's structural integrity enough that it can be removed and sometimes that is a prolonged process.
     
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    It's best to use a drill bit though, with the hole in the middle it acts as a pilot for bit to stay centered.
     
  9. Solscud007

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    cool. thanks guys. Just curious other than the obvious why would a soldering iron helo remove rivets? I assume you use it after the head has been removed and you need to get a tight rivet post out.
     
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    it heats the metal which heats the plastic, softening it up, and thereby loosening its grip.
     
  11. Unclejoe420

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    Is there any method of removing these flat topped rivets/ pins that don't require a soldering iron?
     

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