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