Plain and screw stud snap fasteners are some of the most popular fasteners in the marketplace. Stimpson manufactures and supplies both plain stud snap fasteners for cloth-to-cloth applications and screw stud snap fasteners for cloth-to-surface applications. Let’s explore the attributes of each type of snap fastener to help end-users better understand which type is appropriate for their application.

Plain Stud Snap Fasteners

Stainless-Steel-Snap-Fasteners-StimpsonStimpson’s 24-Line plain stud snap fasteners consist of four individual components, including the cap, socket, stud, and post. These components work together to create solid snap action and connection strength for cloth-to-cloth applications, including canvas boat covers, heavy-duty tarpaulins, vinyl marine cushions, automotive, leatherworking, military applications, and more. In other words, plain snap fasteners are used to reliably connect industrial fabrics, as in the case of the vinyl tabs connecting the top and bottom of marine cushions. 24-Line stainless steel plain stud snap sets feature a low profile cap creating an almost smooth or flush surface for your application.

Screw Stud Snap Fasteners

Stainless-Steel-Snap-Fastener-Stimpson24-Line stainless steel screw stud snap sets consist of three individual components, including the cap, socket, and self-tapping screw. Compared to plain stud snap fasteners, screw stud snap fasteners provide excellent snap and connection strength for cloth-to-surface applications in wood, fiberglass, and other solid substrates. Popular applications include canvas boat covers, cushions, dodgers, bimini tops, and more. Stimpson’s marine-grade screw stud snaps are available in ⅜” and ⅝” lengths and feature a Phillips head screw for easy installation.


Snap Fastener Finish Options

Marine-grade 24-Line available in different finish options to meet your Black-Snap-Fastener-Setsspecific requirements. Plain and screw stud snap sets are available in 304 stainless steel or nickel-plated brass, while plain stud snaps are also available in a matte dull black finish with a brass base metal. Below is a quick reference table highlighting key attributes for each base metal or finish.

Finish Comparison Quick Chart

304 Stainless Steel Nickel-Plated BrassDull Black Oxide (Conforms to MIL-F 10884D)Plain StudScrew Stud
Indoor & Outdoor Applications XXXXX
Rust Resistant XXXXX
Tarnish Resistant XXXXX
Reflects Light (Bright Shiny Appearance) XXXX
Non-Reflective XX

How to Install Snap Fasteners

Installing snap fasteners on the go or the production floor has never been easier Snap-Fastener-Toolingwith Stimpson’s modular hand drive. This innovative snap fastener tooling enables operators to change the top and bottom setting tools from “Cap and Socket” to “Stud and Post” while using the same bolster and handle. Manufactured to exacting specifications from tool steel, this toolset includes a handle, cap and socket, stud and post, bolster insert, a hex key, and instructions for operators to begin setting snaps immediately. Stimpson also offers the MS4, a fully-automatic snap fastener machine for increased productivity.

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Stimpson’s heavy-duty snap sets outperform our competitors’ products to expert engineering, high-quality metals, strict ISO:9001:2015 quality management systems, and state-of-the-art equipment. Customers can rest assured that their fasteners will withstand marine environments and outdoor applications for years to come.

In addition to plain and screw stud snap fasteners, Stimpson’s high-performance fastener line includes: plain grommets with plain, teeth, or neck washers, and rolled rim grommets & spur washers. Contact us today to speak with a snap fastener specialist to discuss your specific requirements. If you are ready to place an order, visit the official Stimpson webstore with any order placed by 3:00 PM E.T. ships the same day or call Stimpson at (877) 765-0748 to place an order by phone.

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