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Rivet holes help

Discussion in 'D.I.Y' started by Shane Garard, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Shane Garard

    Shane Garard New Member

    Hi all

    Now i have bought me self a set of sport bars I'm going to place them on the D-Max over the weekend. But first I need to remove the tonneau cover strips which have rivets all the way along them. How do I cover them so that 1 it wont look silly with crap hanging out of the holes along the edges and 2 that it wont rust out on me? I also prefer not to weld the metal on the car ether. So if anyone has any pointers or ideas I am open to suggestions.
  2. GaryM

    GaryM Well-Known Member

    You could try rubber grommets, paint them to match. I would think you need to fit them, tape up and then paint because if painted first would probably crack trying to squeeze them into the hole. Could try a vinyl dye/paint if they can colour match it. To prevent rust, I would treat the holes with a different thin brush and some rust treatment, let it dry. Again masking tape up so just hole is showing then touch up paint in the hole. Let dry, fit grommets.
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  3. Shane Garard

    Shane Garard New Member

    Thanks for that I will give that a go :)
  4. GaryM

    GaryM Well-Known Member

    Dont do that, wait for others to chime in theres sure to be some ideas or people that have done something. I just wanted to be first. :D
  5. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    you can get little plastic plugs and paint to match, did the same thing on a previous ute - became almost invisible.
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  6. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    As Luke said
    Ford had them for their falcon Utes as well when people fitted a hard lid
  7. Alien d2

    Alien d2 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Another option is to put a rivet back in each hole.
    Until you remove the strips there is no way of knowing what condition the paint is like under them.
  8. Alien d2

    Alien d2 4x4 Earth Contributer

    There is also a option of getting a motor trimer to modify your cover around the sports bar once fitted.
  9. Shane Garard

    Shane Garard New Member

    Thanks to everyone for there input this has given me some ideas now.
  10. barnsey062

    barnsey062 Well-Known Member

    on my old Holden ute i removed all the tarp hooks and had the sign writer cut me some strips of sign writing vinyl close to the color of the ute which was dark green metallic, i just stuck those on up both sides and you could hardly see them unless you were up really close :)

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