This how to was written for someone on here requesting how to do this so they can paint their arm rest without having to tape it off.
This was done on a 1996 Honda Accord Ex. The process is basically the same for other vehicles though some screw, wire and clip locations will vary.
A flat head screw driver, A Philips head screwdriver, and a tiny flat head screwdriver.
Remove the handle. There is a screw holding the handle to the door. Remove teh screw and gently slide the handle to the right (or left depending on the car)
Gently unplug the plug and use the flat head to GENTLY pry the clip off the connecting rod.
********NOTE: Some cars will have a screw or small bolt here so check first.********
********NOTE: There is a panel puller tool made for this. I recommend this tool for certain model cars. I have been doing this for 15 years and know how to use my fingers and not damage the panel.********
IF YOU USE YOU FINGERS OR THE TOOL AND HAPPEN TO PULL THE PANEL LOOS FROM THE SNAP CLIPS THEY ARE SIMPLE TO SNAP BACK ONTO THE PANEL.
Reach behind it and gently unplug the wires.
This model is simply snapped in place. Some models will have screws, So check.
Use the flat head to gently lift the panel over the snaps and push the arm rest up.
Remove and they will pop out with ease.
Now you have a clean slate to prime and paint.
Revers to put it all back together and enjoy.