How to Remove Plastic Push Fasteners on a Car Fender

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How to Remove Plastic Push Fasteners on a Car Fender
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Removing the inner liner on your car fender requires removing the plastic push fasteners that secure the liner to the fender. The plastic push fasteners are disposable rivets that have ribs on the shank to securely fasten the liners. Some push fasteners remove quite simply, while others require a more forceful approach.

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Things you need

  • Thin flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Look for a pin in the centre of the push fastener head. Pry the small centre pin up with a thin flathead screwdriver. This pin has a small shaft that spreads the shank apart to secure the liner.

  2. 2

    Grasp the edges of the push pin with your fingertips, and pull the pin away from the liner.

  3. 3

    Turn the centre pin counter-clockwise with a small Phillips-head screwdriver, if the centre pin has a slot for the screwdriver. This type of pin does the same thing as the previous, except that it twists to lock the centre of the pin.

  4. 4

    Insert a flathead screwdriver between the bottom edge of the pin and the liner, if there is no centre pin in the head. This type of pin is not reusable. Pry the pin head up enough with the screwdriver that you can grab the head with a pair of pliers.

  5. 5

    Grab the push pin head with a pair of pliers and pull the pin away from the liner and fender.

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