Originally Posted by SimonCh
I'm looking to re-upholster some of my seats this year. The upholstery is currently held in to a plastic backing with staples. I've had a crack with a hand staple gun to no avail - the staples just bend and don't penetrate. I presume a pneumatic staple gun with stainless staples is the tool for the job - does anyone have any idea what size/weight of staples etc are suitable for such a task?
I had some great fun last winter re upholstering my boat .i had the good fortune to have a friend who,s an upholsterer who was going to do it but he was too busy so helped me by lending me a pnumatic gun and instructed me to go for 316 stainless staples ,304 are no good for salt water exposure ,
so be careful ,you need to get a gun to suit the 316 staple availiabilty ,not the cheapest but what all the pro upholsterers use (i will check size for you in shed tommorow )
Finishing the staples with a hammer is not a bad thing as you may damage the fabric with too much pressure on a pnumatic gun ,fire your staples in to hold your stretch in place which can be set for your plastic backing ,then when you are satisfied use a small hammer to home your staples permaneant ,if you need a second chance you can easily remove staples if they are not completely home
i bought a million staples i think for about £30 ,so if you dont need too many i can prob send you 6 or 8 strips ,if it will help
very enjoyable craft
yes 71 series was what i bought https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133894859092