- 1). Choose a drill bit the same size as the shaft of the rivet and insert it into the drill.
- 2). Position the drill bit on the head of the rivet and continue to drill until the head is removed. If you are unable to center the drill bit on the head of the rivet, use a sharp punch to dimple the center point. If the head will not disappear from drilling, you may need to use a larger bit. If you must install a new rivet, be careful not to over-size the hole.
- 3). Hammer out the remaining part of the rivet with a metal or nail punch. Support the backside if there is a possibility of denting the surface.