Small head rivets available in colors
Small head rivets refers to the diameter of the flange or head of the rivet. The head or flange is the part of the rivet which is seen after the rivet is installed or “set” in place. The term “small head” simply is a common phrase for describing the size of the rivet head. Each common US rivet diameters, 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″ and 1/4″ has their own respective “small head” size. The most common and available on the market are the 1/8″ and 3/16″ diameters as most applications utilize those two sizes for riveting solutions. For more information, specifications and dimensions it may be helpful to visit this manufacturers “how to use blind rivets” page.
Small head rivets in racing rivet colors brings us to the over twelve colors often used in the motor sports market. You’ll find them all in aDP Rivet’s huge inventory of painted, colored small head rivets as well as their large head rivets. The photo on this page is one of their Blue shades, which is often referred to as Chevron Blue small head rivets and they are a popular racing rivet selection. This manufacturer has added pink small head rivets to their Ultimate multigrip rivet family. The pink small head rivets are part of their support for breast cancer awareness.
Lets review the sizes of the head diameters for the 1/8″ and the 3/16″ rivet body diameters. The 1/8″ rivet body diameter normally has a 1/4″ (.250) head size, which is the small of the two sizes offered. The 3/16″ diameter rivet body would have a 3/8″ regular head diameter and a 5/8″ (.625) Larger head size. Thus, it is common for people to refer to the normal 3/8″ diameter head size as the “small” head size.
Why use the normal, or small head size? It all depends on the design of the application adn the appearance, visual effect desired. Once again we suggest you view the design criteria and application suggestions on their “how to use blind rivets” page. The normal or small head rivets size is absolutely acceptable for offering surface contact with the application. The larger head offers slightly more surface contact and load bearing contact on the application. The large head size is commonly used where large panels of sheet metal, fiberglass, rubbers or plastics etc. are being fastened to some type of frame. Small head rivets are not as visually pronounced when looking at the application. It often comes down to what the car owner or individual prefers. Some like the less visually obvious small head rivets, which others prefer the look of the large or big head rivets.
The Ultimate multi-grip line up of small head rivets made by aDP Rivet provide more application surface contact on both sides of the application as the wide and low profile large back side footprint provides excellent surface contact and holding power.
While visiting their “how to” page, be sure to review all the benefits, advantages provided by aDP Rivet products. Rivets are an easy to use and low cost fastener and aDP Rivet’s incorporate their latest technology features. Their small head rivets provide fit and functional features that outperform other brands. Their “one size rivets all” provide a much wider working range and can replace up to six “other brand” rivet sizes. Blind rivets have been around for over 70 years and there’s many “me too” rivet available, however, there are very few new technology type rivets which have been introduced to the market in the past decade. This US manufacturer has and continues to lead by introducing new technology riveting products, and two versions of “one size rivets all” families of products.
When reviewing small head rivet sources it may be advisable to first determine what sources have the manufacturing capability to control the process, quality and performance of the products. You will find aDP Rivet makes 100% of their Motorsports and industrial rivet products within their Connecticut facility. From raw wire materials to finished small head rivets in boxes. It’s all done under one roof and the watchful eyes and skilled hands with over 30 years of rivet making experience. Their colored rivets go through an extensive and proprietary painting process where an epoxy based primer is applied prior to their semi-gloss color finishes. The result is a very durable, scratch resistant finish that will match your colored body panels. Custom colors are welcomed an the digital color matching process assures you’ll get what you ‘d expect from this professional supplier.
When reviewing your buying options for small head rivets. There are other rivet suppliers, dealers and importers. It may be wise to notice how they publish the need for accurate application hole sizes and grip range. Some even write articles for industry magazines with elaborate descriptions of why rivets fail. They go to great lengths attempting to dismiss their inferior, old technology rivets by casting blame on you, the end user. They do this because their rivets most likely are faulty an will not work right if they are put into applications where the hole size is the thickness of a human hair too big. Yes, the blueprint specifications do spell out accurate hole sizes with little if any tolerance. In fact, for a conventional 3/16″ pop type rivet the application hole size specification is 0.192 to 0.196 inches. That’s a total of 0.004 thousands of an inch which is about the size of a single human hair. Imagine buying rivets from someone other than aDP Rivet and you ask them why their rivets pull through and leave you with a sharp nail sticking out. Then they tell you your application hole size must be a little too big, over-sized, and they won’t refund your money. Now tell me how many of you have drilled a hole perfectly, without any wandering of the while you’re drilling the hole. I’d say very few humans drill perfect holes and more often the result is a slightly oval or over-sized hole. You’ll have none of these problems when using aDP Rivet 1/8 inch racing rivets. In fact, aDP Rivet stocks a huge selection of 1/8 inch racing rivets with aluminum or painted colors finish. They will fill oblong holes and they even provide demonstrations of how well their rivets perform in over-sized holes. You can bet there’s too many to count human hairs in an 1/8″, (0.125), and their ultimate multigrip rivets work perfectly. This is one of the few, if only rivet manufacturers you’ll come across who guarantees their ultimate 1/8″ racing rivets will never leave an exposed nail sticking out. Just take a look at their thousands of five star customer approval comments via their customer feedback page. With 1/8″ racing rivets commonly purchased and used we’re sure you’ll find plenty of 100% customer approvals on their site. Painted blind rivets are especially pleasing when considering how well they blend into the application appearance.