Does anyone have or know where to get upholstery staples and the gun to go with it? I need staples smaller than a 1/4", perhaps an 1/8" or 3/16". It's for reupholstering a center console with vinyl, and I don't like how the glue reacts to it, i.e., not enough tack to let me stretch it, too much bleed-through, etc. I tried it twice with differing amounts of adhesive but it still seems to be an issue. I'm wondering if staples--which I initially pulled out of it in the first place--would be the ideal fix, but I can't seem to find them on the Googles and 9 out of 10 results stop at 1/4".
Have also tried Michael's, Jo-Anne, the other big name place and AAA hobbies in NJ....no luck.
Use a carpet stapler. You can get an electric staple gun, I'm not sure if they make a manual one. You should be able to pick one right up at home depot.
Otherwise, just use a regular stapler.
You might also call some other fabric stores, especially those on fabric row. If they sell upholstery fabric, they may also carry the guns.
Use a Stanley
I've been reupholstering for years, and have picked up all the needed tools from upholstery suppliers. For stapling, all use the standard Stanley staple gun (I've a electric sharp shooter, as well as a heavy duty manual). I've found Lowes has the best assortment - just be sure to select a model that takes multiple staple sizes.
KEY = using a small tack hammer to flush drive the staple completely into the wood. Softer woods tend to take the staples easily; harder required a follow-up tap after stapling. Be sure to hit the corners of the staple, so you don't concave the top edge like a U.
I always get them at dick blick. AC Moore may also have them. Unfortunately, all models cut off at 1/4" or 3/8". I haven't seen any smaller staples.
Yep, 1/4 inch
Between a Stanley electric sharp shooter, a standard and heavy duty staple gun (realized I've all 3), the smallest staple for all is a quarter inch.
Again if a softer wood, you've an easier application; you can use a larger staple size (prong depth) with ease. Also know, the staples for a heavy duty stapler are thicker, overall...which works best for heavier upholstery and harder woods.
Bottom line = a tack hammer can help set and secure. DO NOT use a regular hammer...as you can/will damage the wood's surface inadvertently without experience.
Last edited by 1859Dame; 11-04-2012 at 11:08 PM.
Oh yeah, I vote tack hammer. Thats going to be your most economical solution, go old school.
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