Podunkfla wrote:I've got an air nibbler I use for body work. It's great for tight spots, but it really cuts kinda slow since it takes little bitty bites at a time. It also needs a pretty large compressor. I like the electric metal shears like pictured above much better. Still, A cheap saber saw with a fine tooth blade works just fine too. I put some masking tape on the sole plate so it doesn't scratch the aluminum. I cut the skin within a 1/4" of the plywood then use a cheap HF trim touter to finish it off with a trim bit & guide bearing.
PS: (Mike... I will do my best to take lots of pix when I skin my tear I'm workin on)
rmcelroy wrote:I also had zero metal working experience, and like others here went ahead and did it. The one part that made me the most nervous was the rivets for the hatch, actual rivets not pop rivets. After much surfing and talking to distributors I got rivets, aluminum washers and a hand setting tool. I got some scrap material and started learing how to set rivets-its not hard but when you havn't done it before you need to practice.
I couldn't be happier, if you like the look and want a trouble free skin for many years I would encourage you to take the plunge.
I have read several comments about the rivets for the hatch. Where exactly on the hatch are they used? Why can't screws or pop rivets be used? I'm a long ways from doing any skinning but trying to anticipate what I will need.
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