While in the dimpling mood, decided to prep the stabilator skins for dimpling by removing the blue protective film along the rivet lines and from the inside of the skins so they will be ready for priming.
Removing the blue film from the rivet lines on
the right stabilator skin.
Noticed on a couple of other builder sites the
suggestion was made to use a tube to remove large areas of the blue film by
rolling the film onto the tube. I had a
piece of 1 1/2” PVC tube that Van’s used as a shipping tube for the replacement
hinge to replace the one I accidentally drilled extra holes into many weeks ago.
The tube technique works great! … my hat goes off to the person who came up
with that idea.
Using a PVC tube to roll up the blue plastic
coating on the stabilator skin.
The PVC tube made easy work of removing the tenacious
blue protective film coating.
After the blue film was removed from the
stabilator’s skin, the dimpling process began using the C-frame. The first two
holes at the leading edge of the skin along with a small row of holes at the aft end will
be done by hand using the pop rivet tool which uses the dies that have a hole
in the center for a nail to be pulled by the pop rivet tool.
Using the C-frame to dimple the stabilator’s
right skin for flush rivets.
Allowing the skin to hang off the edge of the
bench under its own weight so the
leading edge bend opens up as little as
possible during the dimpling process.
So far the dimples look great! Will finish off
the right skin tomorrow by dimpling the few remaining holes with the hand pop
rivet tool and dies then do the same process on the left skin.