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Old 10-21-2010, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A couple of years ago I backed my wifes sled (2003 edge classic) into a branch. The branch went into the end of the seat and came out onto the side.
Well after trying to mend it with vinyl repair and vinyl spray paint to unsatisfactory results I bought a new seat cover. While waiting for the new cover to arrive I decided to take off the old one. I removed no less than 1000 staples it seemed.
Here is the problem,the seat pan is heavy plastic. I thought I would give my old T-50 staple gun with 1/4 inch staples a try. No luck. The plastic seems to hard for the staple gun.
Any ideas or short cuts?
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look for a long nose air staple gun. I bought one on eBay last year, around $80 if I remember correct. I did two seats with it so far. You'll need to play with the air pressure so it doesn't drive the staples too deep. About 55-60 lbs. Worked great, also helps to have an extra pair of hands to help hold and stretch the cover. I bought SS staples from the same place so they wouldn't rust.
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Oh yea.. I forgot I have a brad nailer that also shoots staples. I will look for the correct staples for it. Stainless is a good idea. Most of the staples I removed were rusted out....
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You can rent electric staplers at rental outlets. That's what I did when redoing an xc a few years ago.
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You can rent electric staplers at rental outlets. That's what I did when redoing an xc a few years ago.
Well, job complete...I purchased a cheap electric staple gun for 17.99 with staples from Harbor Freight Tools and it worked great. Yes I know all their stuff is from China etc. etc. but I was looking to get this done for as little $$ as possible... No stainless staples so when I was done I sprayed liquid plastic over the tops of them... Could not believe how wet the inside of the seat was.. Dried it out before replacing cover, then I put down truck-cap weather strip on the tunnel to try and keep out the water....
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