Removing Protective Coating From Rivet Lines
There are two schools of thought regarding the
protective thin plastic coating Van’s has on all the parts. One group says take
it all off and be done with it and the other feels leaving it on parts as long
as possible prevents the Alclad factory coating on the aluminum from getting scratched
and possibly leading to corrosion. I lean towards the second group even though
it requires a little more work on the skins.
Using a straight edge and a soldering iron to
melt a cut line into the film coating.
Pealing the protective film away is now a snap.
Don’t drag the point (tip) of the soldering iron down the
skin ... you will put a scratch in the aluminum. It is better to use a cone
shaped tip and drag the side of the cone down the plastic coating or if you
have spare tips, just round off the tip altogether.
Skin with plastic coating removed from rivet lines.
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