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Old 09-29-2016, 10:02 AM   #1
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Attaching metal to cover hatch

What gauge sheet metal would be ideal?
How would one attach it? Epoxy? Screws? Any other adhesive that is used?
I read about butyl tape. I'm assuming folks use that with self tappers to attach their sheet metal?
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What gauge sheet metal would be ideal?
How would one attach it? Epoxy? Screws? Any other adhesive that is used?
I read about butyl tape. I'm assuming folks use that with self tappers to attach their sheet metal?
I would use whatever gauge metal the rest of the roof is, although you could prob get away with 18ga. The way I would do it without welding is cut the panel so there is a 4 inch or so overlap over the hole and use automotive seam sealer and 6 or 8 rivets on each side to secure it in place. I'm a big fan of rivets over screws though... Or if you're decent with a welder you could just weld in a piece of sheet metal and not have to worry about sealing the seams...
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I did a 2in overlap using auto seam sealer then rivets every 1".
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Is it worth trying to rent a rivet gun? I could probably ask around and see about borrowing. Thoughts on those 2 part epoxy tubes?
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:28 PM   #5
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You can buy a rivet gun at your local harbor freight type store for less than 40 bucks...
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:03 PM   #6
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Hf has a rivet gun for 29 bucks, it worked for about 1000 rivets on my reskinning, good buy
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I got the $70 HF riveter. The only sub-$300 one I could find that will do 1/4" rivets.
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Thanks that is the route I will take then!
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Quick side-question for those rivets.

Do you put any type of sealant between the riveted sheets to weatherseal things or the simple fact of riveting holds it tight enough to keep water out?

Or you put the sealant on the joint after the sheet is completely riveted?

Thanks! and sorry for the thread-jack!
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Quick side-question for those rivets.

Do you put any type of sealant between the riveted sheets to weatherseal things or the simple fact of riveting holds it tight enough to keep water out?

Or you put the sealant on the joint after the sheet is completely riveted?

Thanks! and sorry for the thread-jack!
I did both
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