Type 304 Stainless Steel Rivets. Yes, really!
The caps are 9.3mm and do not spin or rattle, which is a great way to check the durability and security of rivets. The caps are thick enough to fiber laser engrave. These do NOT have brass shafts, they are 100% Stainless Steel.
Perfect for two layers of Standard Weight Biothane. Standard Weight Biothane is .095″ – .105″ thick.
You should choose the rivets with longer shafts for 3 layers of Standard Weight Biothane or 2 layers of Super Heavy Weight Biothane.
You can find those by clicking here: Long Stainless Steel Rivets
The shaft on these Stainless Steel Rivets is 8mm long. They will fasten materials that have a total thickness from .095 to .20 inches.
Why is STAINLESS STEEL such a big deal?
I do not use plated metals because the plating often chips and wears through to the base metal over time.
I use only Stainless Steel for these reasons:
Stronger and Harder than Brass and doesn’t tarnish or turn green
Well-known for its antibacterial, hypoallergenic and hygienic properties, stainless steel is very easy to clean.
Designers often underestimate or overlook the values of Stainless because of what is viewed as the higher initial costs. However, when taking into consideration the longevity, durability and lack of maintenance needed, Stainless is often the best value option.
The shaft has an indentation near the top that helps insure these rivets are secure once set.
On squishy materials, I use a 1/8″ hole to set them. On metal, I use a 5/32″ hole.
If you have a press, use a 9mm or 10mm Rivet Die. It must be ROUNDED, or you will flatten the beautiful smooth rounded tops and bottoms. Please see the picture above of the dies I use.
These rivets require more force to set than plated or brass rivets. Stainless steel is a harder metal and not as malleable. More difficult to set but much more durable and strong once set.
Be advised… these are truly permanent fasteners. Trying to remove them without mangling your material is not likely!