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 Post Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:13 am 
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greetings all
just after a little info on how you attach a Dzus Fastner to your Fiberglass Panels

do you use a solid rivet & then use a "Squeezer" to crush the rivet

i want to refit the fastners to my hood & want to make it look neat, the car is going in to be painted on January 11th & need to finnish the body work before then

is it worth fitting the Dzus before its painted so they will be the same color as the car or will paint peal from them

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I would go ahead and fit them before paint but don't attach them until after the paint goes on. I have never seen dzus fasteners painted that didn't chip and I think unpainted looks better than chipped. Use the solid aluminum "smash" type rivets.

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good question, i would fit the fastener after it was painted, being a diffrent color you would be able recognize faster if you were in a hurry. if the fastener was mounted so it would not come loose i do not think the paint would peel around it.

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gearhead1011 wrote:
I would go ahead and fit them before paint but don't attach them until after the paint goes on. I have never seen dzus fasteners painted that didn't chip and I think unpainted looks better than chipped. Use the solid aluminum "smash" type rivets.



You will need a tool for those smash rivits... :-k Barry

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gearhead1011 wrote:
I would go ahead and fit them before paint but don't attach them until after the paint goes on. I have never seen dzus fasteners painted that didn't chip and I think unpainted looks better than chipped. Use the solid aluminum "smash" type rivets.



You will need a tool for those smash rivits... :-k Barry


Actually a couple of tools. You will need a cutter to trim them to the correct length and the "smasher" to install them. Keep in mind the rivet smasher has a throat depth that will only allow you to install them a couple of inches in from the edge of the panel. If you need them any farther in you will have to use the arbor and a hammer to smash 'em in.

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thanks Guys
they are all on the edge of the hood

what is the "Smasher" tool called & where can i buy one from

the last smassher that i bought was called a sledge hammer [-(

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thanks Guys
they are all on the edge of the hood

what is the "Smasher" tool called & where can i buy one from

the last smassher that i bought was called a sledge hammer [-(

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LOL on the sledge hammer. Tim Mcamis race cars offers them. You can find it here.
http://store.trackerdesigns.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=TMRCI&Category_Code=Tools
The smasher (they call it a solid rivet setter) is a little pricey but you may be able to find it from a regular tool supplier for less. I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow one.

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I've smashed millios of rivets without a smasher. It's called bucking, isn't that a fun word? You need a smaller ballpine hammer and a bucking block. Body dolly will work fine. The key to a good rivet is in the bucked end. Hit it flat and square and It should be the thickness of the diameter tall and 1 and 1/2 wider than the diameter. This is regulated by how long you cut the shank. You can cut most small rivets with a cheap electrical plyers, the little holes by the striper end. There are 4 types of rivet Full round, Braized Flatt or countersunk. You will want countersunk for this purpose. Don't countersink them too deep, just flush. This will insure the rivets staying in and not looseing the fastener. One other thing Dzus fasteners are made in a ton of lengths, get the right one for your hood thickness.

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thanks for all the info guys much appreciated, expecially the link

next time you need to borrow on i know were there will be one :-&

thanks again
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This is a little off topic but, how often is shimming between the spring and the mounting plate required? I was helping with a friends car and 4 out of 8 would not hold tight, so we put 2 washers between the plate and spring. How do you guys take care of this problem? My hood is next so...


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NO washers,,,all you need is a dzus spring adjustment tool..its about 29 bucks =; =;

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So, are you saying don't use washers? The other method sounds better. Where can I the tool at?


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Quarter max had the best price that I could find...

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One other question, can you tell a differance in spring height and dzus fastener length by looking at them, or do you need to measure?


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springs are all same height...dzus are 500 or 550 you can tell by looking at the length in the body =;

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