What I quickly found was that it was near impossible to replace just this part, without replacing the entire console. I found replacement consoles online, and I even found one in a local salvage yard, but both options involved removing and replacing the entire console - way more time and money than I was willing to invest! And why scrap a perfectly good console when all I needed to replace was the armrest/lid upholstery?
So here is how I reupholstered a damaged armrest in under an an hour, for less than US$5!
(My car is 2007 PT Cruiser, but I imagine there are plenty of damaged armrests out there on different make/model cars, that can be restored in the same way;-)
• A few feet of vinyl
• 3M Spray adhesive
• Packing foam
* Torx bit & screwdriver
Step 1: Remove Armrest
Step 2: Disassemble Armrest
First remove the two screws that attach the base bracket to the underside of the lid, then remove the six screws that hold the remaining pieces together.
(One of the plastic tracks on my armrest was broken, likely from a previous owner who tried to pull the lid open without first pushing the release button. I glued this piece back in place during this process).
Step 3: Remove Vinyl
Step 4: Spray Mount Foam
Place the plastic lid on top of the foam, and then spray the lid with adhesive. i used 3M 90 HI-Strength spray adhesive, which did he job perfectly.
My foam wasn't quite large enough to cover the lid, so I mounted one piece, and then used a second to complete the job.
Once the top surface was covered, I sprayed a bit of adhesive on the underside, then folded the foam over the lid.
Step 5: Cut Vinyl
Step 6: Staple Vinyl
The trick I used was to first staple the vinyl on the underside length wise, then widthwise, then I folded the corners in towards, creating as bit of overlap in the corners. You want to try and make the corners as tight as possible, to make the final product look close to factory original.
I chose to staple the vinyl, rather than using spray adhesive, to make it easier to replace the vinyl in the future shoul I need to.
Step 7: Reassemble
Step 8: Finished
This isn't my most exciting or creative Instructable, but it saved me between $100 and $200 dollars to spend on more important things, like fuzzy dice!;-)