That has to be a 2013 trick. My 2012 has naked staples, and one of them took a little bite out of the paint. I used some self stick felt pads to isolate it from the paint and hold it off, but I like your gaffer's tape idea. The standard upholstery of the stock seat (don't know about the PP version) leaves something to be desired. It is not particularly well finished.I did notice with the seat off they used what looked to be electrical tape over the staples on the seat cover. It was mostly coming off so I just ditched it and covered it with some gaffers tape I had. Much better IMO.