(Topic ID: 158861)

Rivet Tool for Plastics


By Pmaino

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by wdpvideo
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#1 3 years ago

I am currently restoring a Whirlwind and was wondering what options i have for Rivet tools. There are a few rivets on this game( signs, plastics, ramps, etc). Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can used ? I have a riveting tool but that seems like it will be too damaging for delicate plastics.

Some recommendations I have seen are for the Rivet press from pinrestore but was hoping there was a cheaper option.

http://www.pinrestore.com/Riveting.html

thanks in advance for any advice.

-Pete

#2 3 years ago

I used the one that cost $28 and it worked just fine with a block of hardwood for a backing.

#3 3 years ago

what rivets did you use along with the $28 rivet rollover punch?

#4 3 years ago
Quoted from Pmaino:

I am currently restoring a Whirlwind and was wondering what options i have for Rivet tools. There are a few rivets on this game( signs, plastics, ramps, etc). Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can used ? I have a riveting tool but that seems like it will be too damaging for delicate plastics.
Some recommendations I have seen are for the Rivet press from pinrestore but was hoping there was a cheaper option.
http://www.pinrestore.com/Riveting.html
thanks in advance for any advice.
-Pete

http://www.pinrestore.com/Riveting.html

I use the rollover punch (third item down) to clinch the rivets and the cupped die (fourth item down right side) to hold the head of the rivet. I put the cupped die in a vice and use the rollover die to clinch the rivet using a hammer. I put a piece of tape on the side of the work with the rivet head to keep from marring the ramp/plastic/etc.

#5 3 years ago

Pretty sure I used http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/07-6688-18N on playfield plastics, but the length of the rivet is going to depend on the thickness of both the plastic and the bracket; rivets are fairly inexpensive and you may want to just buy several different lengths and do a little experimenting before you commit to your playfield plastic. Word of caution...if your rivet is too short, it won't seat properly against the plastic since the setting tool will bottom out in the rivet too early; this results in a loose plastic and you will have a hard time drilling out the rivet since it will just spin in the hole.

#6 3 years ago

Riveting press is not needed (Yes I own one can't re call using it). I guess I keep it just in case for some strange reason I might needed it. I use a towel and a metal block I made and just use the rivet punch and buy the kits so you have options in size and go to town.

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