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Old 02-27-13, 05:50 AM   #1
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saddle upholstery

How in the heck do you guys reupholster bike seats? Ive used 1/4" staples (hand and pneumatic) and they all shoot through into the cushioning. The staples I've pulled out don't seem any different.
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When stapling; have the seat upside down and try and shoot straight down(towards the top of the seat). You'll have more padding to work with. Or you can try and find 4mm staples, or cut down the 6mm ones you have.
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Refurbishing and adding padding ,
I used Chamois, A leather readily available in Auto parts departments,
and Barge 'Vinyl Stick' to glue the leather to the nylon base. used no staples.
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This guy does it a business: http://www.recoveredsaddle.com/
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saddle upholstery

Thanks for the tips, I ripped off the cushioning on one so I guess the glue is my only option. You guys using pneumatic or manual staplers? The manual ones have too big a tip to get in the front of the seat and around tight spots. I'm using red vinyl and I've upholstered many things but this is a challenge.
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Automotive headliner glue, preferably 3M, is awesome sauce glue-wise. Pneumatic all the way, and an upholstery stapler at that. Fasco 7-series is my go-to; but I also do other upholstery.
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Automotive headliner glue, preferably 3M, is awesome sauce glue-wise. Pneumatic all the way, and an upholstery stapler at that. Fasco 7-series is my go-to; but I also do other upholstery.
What staples you using? I have a Porter Cable US58 Upholstery stapler. I will try to get the 3M glue and give it all a go.
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Generic 71-series(22-ga I think) 1/4" staples. It's an odd size for most home improvement stores, but diyupholsterysupply.com carries them for cheap.
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saddle upholstery

Ok cool I'm using B&C 22g 1/4" staples. I found some Permatex adhesive spray ($13/16.75 oz) which so far is working good. Updates to follow.
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Thanks! I finally finished one and Ill need to figure out the rounded edges. I had wrinkles in spots but stretching fixed some of them.
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Finished Saddle

That's my first try next time ill take my time with the corners.
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Pretty nice job there. Good work.

You might be able to get the wrinkles out, but I wouldn't worry about them at all.
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You can take out the wrinkles with a hair dryer......3M gorilla snot will glue your cover on if you get tired of staples.
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There it is on the bike and the seat color matches the red Esi grips.
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Next I'm going to recover an Electra seat in this fancy stuff.
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Next I'm going to recover an Electra seat in this fancy stuff.
I just saw that at Hobby Lobby. Knew there was something I could use it for..
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Turned out ok but I'm having an issue keeping the wrinkles off the back corners.
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