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SWeaver
01-18-2011, 10:21 AM
Got new skins to install. Is there any consensus on what staple works best, or a particular style? Thanks!

Sodar
01-18-2011, 10:26 AM
Pneumatic with heavy duty stainless staples.

I got mine from my local upholstery guy who ordered it from his supplier. Works great... especially if you have the plastic seat bases.

The stapler is pricey, though. About $100+plus the cost of stainless staples.

SWeaver
01-18-2011, 11:00 AM
any idea where that can be bought directly from?

captain planet
01-18-2011, 11:04 AM
3 years and counting on my skins. I used an Arrow stapler with 1/2 inch stainless steel staples. No problems so far.

loeweb
01-18-2011, 11:13 AM
Who carries stainless staples? I haven't been able to find any around here. I've checked Lowe's and the like. Do I need to order online somewhere?

JimN
01-18-2011, 11:17 AM
http://packagingandfastening.com/furniture_staplers_upholstery_staplers.htm

http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat79.htm

SWeaver
01-18-2011, 11:22 AM
Cool. What size stainless staples? 1/4, 5/16, 1/2? Any features you look for that make it easier? Capt. planet's 1/2" seem to be a consensus?

Does this look like it'd be alright?
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-inch-crown-air-stapler-97572.html

bobx1
01-18-2011, 11:33 AM
If you dont want to buy and want a kick *** stapler, sometimes your local contractor supply houses (not Lowes or HD - an actual tool specialty company) will rent them and some of the more specialized rental stores do as well. My buddy did this with a Pneumatic stapler and it was not too expensive for a weekend.

captain planet
01-18-2011, 01:11 PM
Who carries stainless staples? I haven't been able to find any around here. I've checked Lowe's and the like. Do I need to order online somewhere?

I got mine at sLowes.

cdstukey
01-18-2011, 01:29 PM
I have a porter cable stapler. Pretty standard and simple. Never had a problem with it. Wasn't too expensive IIRC and they are pretty easy to find.

http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-US58-22-Gauge-C-Crown-Upholstery/dp/B00004SBC3

kdr
01-18-2011, 02:32 PM
I got stainless staples at Lowes. There was another option that was more money but was supposedly rust proof called Monel.

http://www.arrowfastener.com/product/t50-monel-staples-item-505m1

Table Rocker
01-18-2011, 06:38 PM
Cool. What size stainless staples? 1/4, 5/16, 1/2? Any features you look for that make it easier? Capt. planet's 1/2" seem to be a consensus?

Does this look like it'd be alright?
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-inch-crown-air-stapler-97572.html
I have that stapler and have been happy with it. I have several Senco nail guns and hated to bring home the Chinese special, but it has been great.

east tx skier
01-18-2011, 06:53 PM
3 years and counting on my skins. I used an Arrow stapler with 1/2 inch stainless steel staples. No problems so far.

Me, too. I almost mentioned this earlier, but Sodar's purchase had me feeling inadequate. :o

east tx skier
01-18-2011, 06:54 PM
3 years and counting on my skins. I used an Arrow stapler with 1/2 inch stainless steel staples. No problems so far.

Same here, but it was a Stanley stapler I bought for about $11. I almost mentioned this earlier, but Sodar's purchase had me feeling inadequate. :o

CantRepeat
01-18-2011, 06:58 PM
I have that stapler and have been happy with it. I have several Senco nail guns and hated to bring home the Chinese special, but it has been great.

$34.00 shipped! Just ordered one because I know at some point I be doing someting that needs it.

gatorguy
01-18-2011, 07:54 PM
I just re-did my back seat and used the T50 stainless arrow staples. I also used the cheap spring loaded hand stapler. It drove the staples just fine into plywood.

As far as longevity, mine have not had a problem since I finished... lastnight.

Table Rocker
01-18-2011, 08:35 PM
$34.00 shipped! Just ordered one because I know at some point I be doing someting that needs it.
You will be surprised how much a pneumatic stapler helps. You can concentrate on stretching the material and fire your staple in a split second no matter what position your stapler is in.

milkmania
01-19-2011, 12:45 AM
how does a Steamer play into installing skins?
I've got a customer that's got an upholstery shop that I hang out every once in a while....
He uses a steamer quite often I see

http://www.upholsteryresource.com/node/149

http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_jf-j4000a_jiffy-steamer-j-4000a-pro-upholstery-and-auto-trim.htm

JimN
01-19-2011, 04:12 AM
how does a Steamer play into installing skins?
I've got a customer that's got an upholstery shop that I hang out every once in a while....
He uses a steamer quite often I see

http://www.upholsteryresource.com/node/149

http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_jf-j4000a_jiffy-steamer-j-4000a-pro-upholstery-and-auto-trim.htm

It plumps the foam and makes the vinyl shrink/self-adjust a bit when small puckers can't be avoided. Anyone who has access to a steamer has a big advantage when installing new skins.

SWeaver
01-19-2011, 11:35 AM
wrong thread

SWeaver
01-19-2011, 11:37 AM
wrong thread

wheelerd
01-19-2011, 11:51 PM
I replaced all the skins on my former boat and used an electric stapler with a mixture of 3/8" and 1/2" SS staples, depending on how many layers I had to go through. Worked great.