How to Remove Snap Fasteners

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Snap fasteners seem like a permanent fixture, but if you have clothing, accessories, or even a boat or hot tub cover that has worn or damaged snaps, removing them is a simple task. Careful removal will prevent any damage to the material. Snaps can be removed with a flat-head screwdriver or with a drill, depending on the type of snap.

How to Remove Snap Fasteners
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Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Drill
Step 1

Place the snap to be removed on a flat surface.

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Step 2

Wedge the tip of a flat-head screwdriver between the post of the snap and the clothing to loosen the snap socket.

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Step 3

Wiggle the screwdriver all around the underside of the socket.

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Step 4

Flip the snap over and wedge the screwdriver between the stud or prong ring and the fabric.

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Step 5

Wiggle the screwdriver all around the underside of the stud until the stud or prong ring and socket release from one another.

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Step 6

Follow these same directions to remove the snap post and its cap.

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Step 1

Place the snap to be removed on a flat, firm surface.

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Step 2

Insert a drill bit into your drill that is slightly larger than the socket hole of the snap.

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Step 3

Drill into the socket using medium speed and by applying light to medium pressure. Drill until the lip of the socket grinds down enough to release from the stud.

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