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Old 11-04-2017, 05:05 PM
rv8ch rv8ch is offline
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Default Tape

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Always use tape, that prevents the shiny look of the set rivet.
This made a world of difference for me. With simple clear plastic packing tape over the rivet, it ends up looking great. I can use the same square of tape about 4 or 5 times, then just grab a new one. I did find that the tape has a bit less friction, so I need to hold the rivet gun firmly and carefully perpendicular to the rivet head.
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Old 11-04-2017, 05:09 PM
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This regulator is really good. Never changes, even between uses. Also have one on my HVLP.
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:28 AM
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Default Regulator

I use one of those cheap HF flow valves on my rivet gun. I keep my compressor regulator on 80 psi and I have a mark on the the HF valve for -3 and -4 rivets. This combo produces very good repeatable rivets for me. And this beats going back and forth resetting the regulator on the compressor.

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Old 11-05-2017, 04:34 AM
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Default Thanks for advice 😊

Will work with suggestions.
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Old 11-05-2017, 01:24 PM
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A small lightweight regulator is your friend. Mine stays with my rivet gun. Quickly and easily adjustable as rivet diameter and/or lengths change. Saves lots of trips to the compressor to adjust the main one, and, even better, saves you from accidently smashing the krap out of a #3 rivet with 90 psi.

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Old 11-05-2017, 02:29 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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I've got two regulators manifolded to my compressor. One is at 90 psi and the other, used mostly for riveting, is at 25 to 30 psi. They have different-colored shop hoses to help me avoid using the wrong pressure.

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