I see that Mac's has the correct double prong metal (non-covered) upholstery buttons available. However, I need more than 200 of these things. At $1.65 each, it suddenly becomes "Higher Math"
Is there a more cost effective source for these things?
Keith, I see these brass paper brads for $5.49
for a box of 100 at Staples. Apply your own powder coat.
I'm seeing a bunch of upholstery shops is you do a search for them online.
But why use the prong type anyway, this is a part you will never see. Why not use regular steel buttons?
Many ways to skin a cat, I'd think in such an area originality weighs very little.
Keith: I bought mine at a local upholstery supply. I don't remember the cost, but it wasn't anything close to what you mentioned. I could check if you wish. All I had to do after I bought them was spray them black. I think I may have had to shorten the prongs too. I have a friend who just bought an inferior CarTouche kit from Macs, and they are still using the incorrect fabric upholstery buttons, even though they know better. He also had to major rework on the kick panels, because they didn't fit.
You may want to call Mac's and confirm the quanity. I hate to admit, but I ordered some hinge screws with conical star washers thinking it was $1.95 ea.. Well that was for a set of 11 screws and washers. I ended up with 22 sets.
I found all the buttons you found on line as well before making my post. The problem is all of those are for covered buttons. I have even tried to crimp the top on without the leather or vinyl in place, but no dice; they need the thickness of the material to hold together.
I'll contact you in an e-mail.
Were all years originally powder coated/painted?
I bought some replacements from Langs, with the fabric cover.
Of course, I'm only replacing a few and at that price, I'm certainly not going to replace them all on my car!
Maybe you could epoxy the tops on, thereby eliminating the need for the fabric?
I found the pronged upholstery buttons yesterday. All you have to do is paint them black. You will also probably have to shorten the prongs some too. They are $4 per dozen.
Where can you get them?
Keith, What is the size of the head? I found these in either brass or nickel that you would need to paint or powder coat. They are a 3/4" head. I didn't see any other sizes if that is not the correct size.
The #22 buttons are about 1/2" or 9/16"
#30 is 3/4" and too big.
I'm exploring some other options. So far I think Larry has found the best option.
: ^ )