Recommended staples and gun for installing seat covers

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11/21/2020 3:20 PM

I hate messing with seat covers. Always have. Just can't ever seem to get a "factory fit."

Please share your Wisdom VitalMX'ers ... help me be happy with my seat cover install ... just once!

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11/21/2020 4:02 PM

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11/22/2020 12:56 AM

Go get one of the pneumatic staple guns at Harbor Freight. I think I picked mine up for about $22.00. Makes seat covers
sooooooooooooo much easier!!

Sure, if you want to drop coin, get a high quality unit. But for something you only use now and then, try the HF one.

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11/22/2020 7:38 AM

Get a pneumatic stapler. You CAN use a regular stapler but you wont get the staples to go in “pretty”. 1/4” or 3/8” staples will work. The biggest thing is having the power to drive a staple into plastic

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11/22/2020 8:35 AM

^^^ and that is EXACTLY one of the problem areas I keep running into.

Great feedback everyone - much appreciated!

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11/22/2020 8:56 AM

Rider 5280 wrote:

^^^ and that is EXACTLY one of the problem areas I keep running into.

Great feedback everyone - much appreciated!

Yeah, I tried forever with even the most heavy duty manual staple gun and it always sucked ass.
Got the HF pneumatic gun and all of a sudden it was a breeze.
One of those "Why didn't I spend $22.00 on this years ago?!" moments.

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11/23/2020 2:24 PM

FWYT wrote:

Go get one of the pneumatic staple guns at Harbor Freight. I think I picked mine up for about $22.00. Makes seat covers
sooooooooooooo much easier!!

Sure, if you want to drop coin, get a high quality unit. But for something you only use now and then, try the HF one.

X2 when using 3/8" staples.

Paw Paw

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11/23/2020 3:20 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/23/2020 3:21 PM

Perfect timing! Planning on going this route ($35) since I trust Arrow and have a ton of their staples already:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Arrow-PT50-Pneumatic-Staple-Gun-PT50/300126656

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11/23/2020 3:47 PM

Did this one today Photo
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11/23/2020 4:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/23/2020 4:17 PM

Ah yes, Super 77 and a good pneumatic stapler. THAT final product is exactly what I am shooting for.

If I buy you a plane ticket ...

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11/23/2020 4:35 PM

Watch that video a few times and use the air stapler....you will be fine👍

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11/28/2020 3:25 PM

here's a tip that if used with a pneumatic staple gun will get you a super tight pro looking seat. So I used to work in my old family business and part of it was stretching canvas art on to stretcher bar. The canvas is similar material to seat covers and we use these special pliers that help us stretch the fabric tight then stapling it while it's being pulled on. Start with two staples in the front and two to three in the back of the seat then directly in the middle of the sides and work in each direction a little at a time, you never finish one section very ahead of the others, you do a little here a little there, that's the trick. here is the tool, its called canvas stretching pliers
https://www.eastwood.com/stretching-pliers.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAh4j-BRCsARIsAGeV12D7akBwJ39bSN5GeofQAu84_g0btYibAp-0Cab08mCitmYPQiZcd7waApGKEALw_wcB

this is an expensive link but shows it being used so thought I'd share it, you can probably get them less at other places just make sure it has a hump on it because that it what gives it the leverage on the end of the seat, you angle the pliers down and it pulls it rather than actually using your muscles to pull out. This leverage is what gets it nice and tight!

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