Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Miamisburg, Oh.
You are right on both counts for the boot cover snaps. (some phillips, other rivet)
As I was told, the phillips-headed ones are replacements, and do be careful with those.
1. They may pull out easily because they just aren't held in as well as the rivet style.
2. Depending upon the install method and installer, the screw-tip part of the snap may be dangerously close to the paint/sheet-metal.
I had taken my trim off to paint the car, I also had some snaps missing and lastly, the previous owner had gotten some very very hardened paint or primer on them. Not to mention the scratches. Mine needed serious work.
I used an air tool with 3" cutter wheel to cut the rivet from the bottem. (dremel would work too) I then had a local interior shop sell me new stainless snaps (screw type).
A boat / marine shop would have some too.
I then used a Dupont auto epoxy to hold the new snaps in place and let it dry 24hrs. I then cut off the sharp tips from underneath so as not to scratch the paint during re-installation of the trim.
It's a close call, they *might* not have touched the paint,....but I wasn't going to take the chance.