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    Interior Questions?

    We are in the process of replacing the vinly in our checkmate and it is time for it to be placed back on the wood. My question is do I need to use stainless staples? When I removed the staples they looked to be coated and not stainless. Any thoughts??


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    Charter Member #971 Charter Member Niuhi's Avatar
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    Feb 2001
    Shoreline, WA, US
    I just replaced the interior in my little boat and they used stainless. The price of the stainless is not that much more than the regular, and certainly a better choice, but again I believe in overkill. West Marine stocks them and I'm sure any good marine shop will also.


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    1999 Cobalt 293 and 1974 Cigarette 20
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    Hey Chris,
    I replaced the hatch cover on my Baja last season. I was able to find stainless steel staples at Home Depot or Lowe's to fit my electric staple gun. It worked great. Saves your hand from all the manual stapling. The gun was only $30 or so, or if you want you can borrow mine. I live near to you in Overland Park.

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    I used Monel staples on mine a bit more expensive but they will never rust

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    Thanks All

    Travis, I have access to an electric gun just need to find out for sure the size it takes and head to Lowe's.

    Thanks again


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    Deland, Florida
    I just recovered all my vinyl. I used 3/8 stainless stapels from Lowes. They are $10.48 for a box of 1250 staples. I used one box to finnish 6 panels that were 12 feet long. I'm not sure, but I don't think there is a difference between Monel and stainless. Maybe Monel is a trade name? My dad gave me a box of Monel staples that are at least 25 years old, and the price on the box was $11.80. DO NOT use the non stainless stapels, someone had on another boat I bought, and they just rust away completely, the only thing that even lets you know there was a staple there is the rust stain. BTW, I have never found the stainless staples at Home Depot.

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    Member #154 Platinum Member Indy's Avatar
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    Sears had 3/8" stainless staples. I also bought that front firing staple gun, its pretty nice. Better than those backwards handle standard staplers

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    Monel is different than stainless were about 12 something a box ...stainless can rust

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    Is that a brand name or the metal type? If so any ideas as to where to get some?


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    Bo Knows
    Just finished the interior in my 283 Checkmate. Stainless steel staples & electric staple gun are the only way to go. I also coated all the wood with 2 coats of polyurethane before putting the upholstery back on.


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