Sailrite SnapRite® System the Canvas snap installation. There are a lot of people it seems doing DIY jobs on their boat and canvas is one. Sailrite is one company that has been serving those people for many years.
Now Sailrite has come up with a system for canvas fittings that can be installed using a standard rivet gun. The rivet gun is a common tool so it makes sense to use one for the button, stud, and snaps used in dodgers, Biminis and the other canvas items.
Sailrite’s SnapRite System Complete Kit snap-fastener system features a set of four dies that work with any standard rivet gun to install button, socket, stud and eyelet snap fastener components. The Complete Kit comes with all needed tools but the fasteners are separate.
The simple clever color-coded dies work in pairs with each of the buttons, snaps or studs. A mandrill which is like the mandrill in a rivet is used to sandwich the snaps between the dies. The snaps have a hole in the center.
The image shows the dies available. Here are the sequence of procedures to install one of the studs;
- Screw top die into rivet gun nosepiece.
- Insert snap component into nosepiece die.
- Insert mandrel up through base die and place snap up through base die and place snap component.
- Set base die in desired snap location. Press mandrel into desired snap location Press mandrel through fabric.
- Use gun to rivet components.
- Separate basedie from snap component.
Sailrite SnapRite® System
SnapRite® System is a unique new snap fastener system created by Matt Grant (Sailrite owner). The SnapRite System features a set of four dies that work with a standard rivet gun to install button, socket, stud, and eyelet snap fastener components with more ease, speed, and precision than ever before.
The color-coded dies work in pairs to install snap components on site for accurate positioning. The key to this system is the use of a SnapRite Mandrel and using snap components that have a hole down the center. The SnapRite System requires use of SnapRite Buttons and gypsy studs but installs all other standard snap components in a Ligne 24 size (most common size).
The SnapRite Dies work with any standard rivet gun, so buying a new rivet tool is unnecessary if you already have one. Dies screw into the rivet gun’s nosepiece and must be used with a SnapRite Mandrel (included). Position fasteners, punch the mandrel through the fabric assembly, and rivet the fasteners in place.
SnapRite System Features: •Sets in one step (no pre-punching holes!) •Conveniently portable (no workbench needed) •Perfect positioning in any location (no tool restrictions) •Works with any standard rivet tool •Installs Dot Snap Fasteners, Pull-The-Dot, gypsy studs, and more
SnapRite System Includes: •Button Die •Socket Die •Eyelet Die •Stud Die •100 Mandrels •Storage Pouch •Instructions