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post #61 of 124 Old 06-14-2014, 09:26 AM
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LOL Am I missing something or did your car just not come with a center armrest at all?

You do realize the OEM one has a seam down the middle. You said you wanted to make it look like OEM, but you don't want the seam down the middle?

Like, WTF are you on mannn?

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post #62 of 124 Old 06-15-2014, 08:41 AM
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I thought I would post some photos of the armrest repair done by my wife. She bought the leather cover. No regrets with leather, but it is harder to work with than vinyl. It takes up more space, making for a tight reassembly. We used hot glue and no staples. So far so good.

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post #63 of 124 Old 06-15-2014, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by couch View Post
I bought the real leather (tan) on e-bay, and its a perfect colour match.

Another question to the others who have done this - I'm going to replace the console padding, just wondering what people have been buying to replace this?

I was going to use just 1/2" foam, but not sure if a higher quality underlayment or something denser than just foam would be better (to keep my boney elbows from bottoming out)!

I re-used the padding that was under the OEM. I think any thicker and your gonna have to do some serious heating and pulling to stretch it to cover the entire arm rest, resulting in having to use staples instead of not having to.
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post #64 of 124 Old 06-17-2014, 02:11 PM
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How do you remove the two bottom screws of the Arm rest? I removed 4 screws, but I did not find access to the bottom (Back side) two screws. Thanks for your help.
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post #65 of 124 Old 06-17-2014, 02:28 PM
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Lovemyaccord - when it is closed, push the cover towards the dash, it will slide forward a few inches. That will give you enough room to access the two rear screws. I didnt realize that 'feature' was available until reading up on this repair.

Note there's 7 screws - don't forget the one in center of the armrest.

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post #66 of 124 Old 06-17-2014, 03:02 PM
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Thanks. I will try.
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longer staples

Glad to hear that glue is working for many, but call me old fashioned, I just wanted to use staples. While searching for 1/8" deep staples I completely struck out. I did have 3/16" staples, but they would obviously penetrate the other side of the plastic. So I took some heavy gauge cardboard paper, cut into thin strips and folded a few times, made up an extra 1/16".

Stapling through the cardboard + leather would not poke through the plastic. Keeping the cardboard in place while stretching the cover and stapling at the same time was tricky - three hands would have come in handy! But in the end, it worked, and the staples were firmly seated.

BTW, I had used an 'old school' electric stapler, borrowed from a friend who used to be in the upholstery business. He was also the source of the 3/16" staples, which I didn't come across when looking for smaller ones. 1/4" was the shortest I saw in the box stores.

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Ok. I got it removed. Ordered the Leather piece from Amazon. Once Received, I will shop for an Installer.

Thanks again for the help couch
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It's been a week since reinstalling after using the hot glue method. The armrest looks great.
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post #70 of 124 Old 06-23-2014, 02:06 PM
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Paid 40$ to a local upholstery shop to install the one I ordered online. see picture below. The left is the junk honda put in the car. It is not a leather. Shame on honda for this poor quality product
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post #71 of 124 Old 07-27-2014, 10:18 PM
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Did mine this weekend. Paid $12.99 on Amazon + $4.49 shipping, vendor was 'Kar Designers'.

Installation was not 'too' bad. I ended up paying almost $20 for a can of 3M spray adhesive from the parts store (good news is I now have a lifetime supply of 3M spray adhesive). I used my staple gun to hold it in place to let the glue set (well, not the gun, but the staples that came out of it). After the glue set, I pulled most of the staples out since they did not really go in all the way and stuck out too much. Overall, I'm pleased with the outcome, considering I have practically zero patience for this type of work. I'm sure a professional would have made it look better. It has some minor imperfections, but then again, so do the seats. It definitely feels very soft and luxurious and life is good again without the OEM blisters that the original cover had.

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So I decided to take on this project and re-wrap my arm rest. After ordering the wrap on ebay, I was kinda worried how the material would feel and if the color would match. I was very happy with this product and the fitment was great.

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This 3M spray worked great and held up really good. I tested out the binding strength on the old wrap cover on a plastic part and it held up very strong.

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Sprayed the edges of the leather wrap

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Sprayed the inner plastic trim ONLY!

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Some cutting was required with a sharp blade around the trim where the screws go into and some relief cutting around some edges.

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Great job peppermarino!!!!

If others aren't that handy, a local upholstery (auto-upholstery preferred) shop should be able to do it for about $20 (after you bring them the material off eBay).
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I paid shy of $100, had a pro do it but got REAL leather, not the Hona crap.
Honda and most of the stuff on e-bay is "Pleather" or a leather/vynal look alike.

Nice job of ll you DIY'ers!

I don't have the patience anymoe.

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Where did you get the carbon fiber for the interior pieces? Did you replace the entire pieces or are they the decal overlay?

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