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 January 5, 2021

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Cutting the vinyl

I try to leave as much of the vinyl covering on the parts as I can get away with. This obviously helps protect them from scratches while I move them around the shop. The problem is that you can't put a rivet in a hole if it still has the vinyl attached.

I don't remember where I first saw this technique for removing strips of vinyl but I'll reproduce it here since I have been asked a couple of times about it.

Basically you take a soldering iron and put a nice smooth round tip on it. I used my scotchbrite wheel to get it nice and smooth. Then you use the iron to melt the vinyl and then peel it off. It's that simple.

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 January 5, 2021