Possibly a good substitute of leather arm rests??

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Post by Danteneon » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:56 am

Not I :( I think I have a good foam choice, but I need the money for it first. I should be able to work on this again in a week or two.
If I could just figure out how to meld the Outback and the Neon into one car...

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Post by C1DoG » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:45 pm

I have the armrest ready to go on. Need to find my staplegun now. Decided to leave the armrest normal.
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Post by Tam » Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:05 pm

Why not just use that spray adhesive if you dont have a staple gun? Would that work too?

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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:04 pm

I live in a very humid climate. Using the spray adhesive may not work. Using the staples would prevent it from peeling away from the plastic.
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:31 pm

Borrowed a staple gun from the neighbor today. And those don't work and it is a good heavy duty stapler. Looks like I may just have to use the spray adhesive.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:31 pm

Couldn't get through the plastic?
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Nope. Here is the installed armrest. Image
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:59 pm

Looks pretty good, but doesn't look like you stretched the sides enough. More pics?
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:00 pm

With the foam I used I stretched it as much as I could and still got it that way. That and the adhesive spray I used is really good. :lol:
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Post by heydockyle » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:05 pm

Yea, I don't like the wrinkled sides.
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Me either, I am trying to get that stretched out more to make it flat.
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:34 pm

Alright guys, this is the finished armrest. I stretched the material as much as I could.

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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:22 pm

That looks pretty nice!
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:01 pm

I had to heat up the sides with a hair dryer to pull it tighter.
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Post by JeffM » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:49 pm

Much better. :thumbup:
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Post by racer12306 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:52 pm

hmmmm, very tempting.

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:24 pm

I really like this, it will be replacing the tan leather one I have....

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Post by JeffM » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:25 pm

As I said - much better. However after looking at it more, I really feel like it should be pulled even tighter, if that's even possible. Still looks good though.
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:20 pm

JeffM wrote:As I said - much better. However after looking at it more, I really feel like it should be pulled even tighter, if that's even possible. Still looks good though.
Not even possible. It is pulled as far as I can.
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Post by Mat00ES » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:25 pm

What did you use for foam?
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Post by Tam » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:27 pm

Are you saying that there are excess leather material that you can't fit anymore under it?

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Post by C1DoG » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:28 am

Not with the thickness of foam I used. I took some of the foam from a stadium seat I had and used that. I had to cut it thin enough to stretch the material.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:51 am

Anyone else install theirs yet? I'm interested to see someone who doesn't use any foam under theirs if you even can.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:34 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:That looks pretty nice!
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For a non-OEM, that's a professional-looking job! :thumbup:
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Post by C1DoG » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:11 pm

Midnight_Rider wrote:
TheRandom1 wrote:That looks pretty nice!
:withstupid:
For a non-OEM, that's a professional-looking job! :thumbup:
Thanks Gramps! :) :thumbup:
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Post by Tam » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:14 pm

Well I paid for mines on the 3rd, and 10 days later, still waiting. Once it comes in, I'll try to get it installed quickly. It's funny how only one person has installed theirs so far. lol

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Post by Tam » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:13 pm

Well after waiting 3 weeks, it finally showed up and got it installed the same day. I sanded the arm rest as it is, without removing that stock cover. I wanted to use cotton balls on it, but settled with cotton squares. It gives it that cushiony feeling that I like. I then painted the handle silver for fun. I used only spray adhesives, no staples or anything.

BTW these pics used to be super huge but I think photobucket shrunk them immensely. However you can click on them to enlarge them a bit.

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I chose the blue stitching to match my shift boot.

What do you think?
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:18 pm

Did you glue the cotton to the base and the leather to the cotton?
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Post by Tam » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:20 pm

Yep. Basically like a sandwich. :)

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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:28 pm

Interesting. I would think with cotton pads or cotton balls you'd have lumps when you place your arm on it.
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