new seat cover...stapling ?

9 replies to this topic
  • black in RI

Posted April 25, 2007 - 07:45 AM


weli ordered a new seat cover as the old one is well... ugly.

before i tear the old seat off and try to to staple the new one....

Can i use a regular non office style non air powered staple gun??
will it penetrate the plastic of the seat bottom?

Or do i need to buy/borrow an air powered one?

thank you!

  • Denn10

Posted April 25, 2007 - 08:08 AM


you can use a non air gun i have a $10 stanley stapler i got from home depot and it works fine i used 3/8 t-50 staples

  • asf

Posted April 25, 2007 - 10:27 AM


I've tried two different manual staple guns (one $15 no name, one $30 craftsman) and it didnt make it through the pan. I even tried a few diffferent staple types with angled vs non angled heads, it made no difference. Hell I even tried putting all 190 lbs of my weight on the stapler and didnt get it through! I fianlly had a shop do it for me and it ended up a few bucks more than the cost of the stapler and I didnt have to spend a night cussing and re-covering the seat.

  • black in RI

Posted April 25, 2007 - 10:38 AM


what kind of shop??

  • TDC71

Posted April 25, 2007 - 10:38 AM


I used a cheapo Stanley stapler and it shot through the plastic pan no problem:thumbsup: I'd give it a try first, before letting someone else do it, I hate it when I pay for work and it comes back worse looking than I could do:mad:


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  • hypersthenos

Posted April 25, 2007 - 12:03 PM


I bought an air powered stapler at Harbor Freight model #46365 for $25 which worked perfectly with ACE hardware 1/4" staples #22265. Sunk into the seat pan with no effort & looks exactly like the factory staples.

  • asf

Posted April 25, 2007 - 01:02 PM


Im pretty careful with my own work, but the upholstry shop did a factory level recover. Way better than I could. They used a heat gun and ahesive around the edges to get the cover on tight.

It was a no-name auto upholstry shop.

I dont know why both staplers couldnt make it through my pan, but I am tempted to try it again when it is time to recover the seat again (maybe I'll eat my spinach this time first). I did my first recover myself, but I had to follow each staple with pliers to get them through the pan.

One problem with a manual stapler is the hammer will tear the seat cover if you are pushing really hard on the stapler.

  • Denn10

Posted April 25, 2007 - 01:13 PM


One problem with a manual stapler is the hammer will tear the seat cover if you are pushing really hard on the stapler.[/QUOTE]

thats why you dont stretch the seat cover out straight and staple it close to the lip that will keep it a tighter cleaner look too. Ive done a few seat covers with my manual stapler, ya its not as easy and fast as the aip ones but you can get the same quality it just takes a bit longer

  • drop

Posted April 25, 2007 - 03:39 PM


Here's a thread that gives you the step by step:

  • black in RI

Posted April 25, 2007 - 05:12 PM


hnmm.. just tried staplign it with a manua stapler.. no dice... i neary shot my eye out at the same time..

i'm assuming an elecric stapler has more power right??

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