After my crap riveting of the carriage, I could have ripped them all out and started again. Or, I could slap on a coat of paint, and take another look.
Well, that’s what I did.
Well, actually, before that I telephoned my riveting expert about my rivet problems, and he gave me some further advice……
- Put a G cramp on the compressor hose to restrict the air flow
- Polish the ends of the snaps, and round the edges slightly
- Check that the shape of the snaps mirrors the shape of the rivet heads. It didn’t. I had thought that the dome rivets had hemispherical heads, but on closer inspection, they were flatter than a hemisphere. So I made some new snaps, and took great care to make sure that the rivet heads fitted more precisely into them.
- Be more careful to keep the snaps perpendicular to the surface.
I did replace the worst rivets, and I was much happier with the results.
Then some paint. But first I gave the carriage a thorough wash in detergent to remove any trace of machining oil.
Then, using a pressurised can of etch primer, used my spray booth (a cardboard carton open at one side) to give it a coat.
And, with a bit of paint, the carriage doesn’t look half bad?
Of course, some areas showed up as needing some filler…..
I quite like that colour. Maybe with just a touch more blue in it.
And note: NO RUNS, NO BRUSH HAIRS.