help on Raptor fasteners

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help on Raptor fasteners

Postby SeaPea » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:00 pm

Hi all,

For those that have used the Raptor composite fasteners, what advice would you have re;

gauge, brad or staple, brad or staple size, gun model?

I'm looking into them here in NZ...

Thanks,

SeaPea

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Re: help on Raptor fasteners

Postby neel thompson » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:03 am

I got the one that will take up to one inch brads ( I think). So far, I have not needed anything that long, but if necessary, the longer ones could be used. Raptor sent me an email after some posts on the forum about leaving the brads sit proud. Apparantly, you can grind a little off of the shoe to make sure they dont countersink. It makes a much nicer finished product if you can leave the brads sit proud and then sand them off. I did not use the Raptor on the finished mahogany planking, but it made quick work out of installing the plywood. I used the brown brads and I think they would blend in pretty well with finished stain/varnish. Neel

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Re: help on Raptor fasteners

Postby DaveLott » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:06 pm

I have used nothing but the 5/8" brads in clear. They sink flush and sand just like the wood. Far superior holding strength over the metal brads and pins.
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Re: help on Raptor fasteners

Postby jamundsen » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:12 pm

I used the plastic staples for all the plywood and steel for the mahogany. You cannot remove the plastic staples. They sand, grind, glue over and generally cause no problems other than not coming out if you mess up a piece and want to change it. I did not stain them or use them on the finish. Most people can not find any staple holes in the mahogany so I was pleased with the result.
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Re: help on Raptor fasteners

Postby SeaPea » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:21 am

Appreciate the help!

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