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« : June 07, 2013, 08:07:08 AM »

     Just wondering how you guys anchor your snaps on a fiberglass boat to make a boat cover. Ive always riveted my snaps in. I was told that the screw in studs would crack the fibeglass. Is this true?
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« #1 : June 07, 2013, 10:22:26 AM »

We normally use screws, use the right size drill bit & slightly counter sink the hole works a treat.

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« #2 : June 07, 2013, 10:26:52 AM »

I like screw in. 1/8" bit and i bevel rhe gelcoat with my screw tip. Before screwing.
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Just think they look better imho

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« #3 : June 07, 2013, 11:37:30 AM »

Thanks fellas
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« #4 : June 07, 2013, 04:25:30 PM »

I always used screw studs on coaches. I would always pre-drill the hole thought to keep from cracking the paint/fiberglass.

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« #5 : June 07, 2013, 06:48:08 PM »

Mike has seen snow; so I always back his play. LOL.

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I like screw in. 1/8" bit and i bevel rhe gelcoat with my screw tip. Before screwing.
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Just think they look better imho

I find that not only do they hold and look better; it is much faster as well to use screw studs vs. riveted. I use a 7/64 th. countersink bit to pre-drill unless it's a Bayliner or other cheap boat---there I'll go up to 1/8" because they harden the gel coat so quickly ( they mix it "hot" before they spray)  it is very brittle.

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« #6 : June 08, 2013, 10:41:25 AM »

I hate it when you drill to small a hole then the screw stud breaks off in the hole.
Now try to get it out

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« #7 : June 08, 2013, 10:59:56 AM »

Screw in - like Mike with a 1/8" drill bit then countersink through the gelcoat or you're likely to get chips.  I hate riveted snap studs.  There's always one or two on a boat in a spot that the stud gets damaged by hitting against a dock or on the bow where a swinging anchor crushes it.  Drilling out the rivet is always a PITA.  I've never had one that didn't grab the drill bit and spin in the hole.  Now you have a REAL challenge.  Nickel/brass rivets aren't too awful, but stainless can make you crazy.

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