Looking for advice - stress cracks on canopy trim

karmarepair

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It's been over a year since the canopy on my project was finished (by Others) - it was glued on the frame with Sikaflex, per many RV builders. But the lower trim pieces on either side of the canopy at the upper longerons were riveted on, with STAINLESS rivets, and they have stress cracked pretty badly. I'm not sure whether to leave them, in hopes they've relieved themselves, or stop drill every single one of them. Or melt a crack stop with a hot needle at every crack tip.

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This is all along both sides. ALUMINUM rivets should have been used in my view, as they take far less force to "pop", preferably in oversize holes.
 
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