Also known as blind rivets or pull rivets, this type of rivet is used due to its efficiency and ease of use. Rivets are used because they are a quick and easy way to join two pieces of material together, and do not require threading making them ideal for use with thin metals and other thin application surfaces. Blind rivets require access to the installation surface from only one side, making them easy to install with the use of a rivet gun or hand riveter.
Aluminum blind rivets are commonly used in the automotive, aerospace, boating and metal fabrication industries due to the high strength-to-weight ratio of the metal. Aluminum Rivets in this selection feature an all aluminum design meaning that both the hat and mandrel of the rivet are made of aluminum unless designated otherwise.
Aluminum rivets are used for a variety of reasons besides weight as well. Aluminum as an alloy forms its own protective coating making it resistant to atmospheric corrosion and is generally less expensive than stainless steel fasteners of the same type. Aluminum is not magnetic, accepts paint well, and is non-staining. It can also be used for many electrical applications due to its high levels of conductivity. We recommend only using aluminum with aluminum to help prevent galvanic corrosion.
On an all aluminum blind rivet, both the hat and mandrel of the rivet have all of these qualities making these fasteners a versatile, durable, lightweight and inexpensive solution.
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