How to Repair and Customize Your Car's Arm Rest Cover
Every part of your car is bound to deteriorate. No matter how small or static a part may be, it cannot escape the signs of old age and consistent use. Your vehicle's arm rest cover is one good example. Because it comes in contact with people's arms on a regular basis, material wear is inevitable. You have the option to buy a replacement arm rest cover. But you can also do the repair and customization yourself. This will not only save you some good money, you will also have the opportunity to personalize your arm rest cover.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Upholstery material
- Upholstery foam
- Upholstery adhesive
- Staple gun
- Hair dryer
Step 1: Detach your arm rest from the car chair using a screwdriver. Check the screws. If they are still in a good condition, keep them. If they are damaged, bring them to the store as a guide and buy new ones.
Step 2: Warm up your upholstery material under direct sunlight or use the hair dryer. This will help you stretch and move the material as you cover the arm rest. Heating is especially good for vinyl materials.
Step 3: Remove the old upholstery material and replace the foam underneath if you have to. Attach the new foam to your arm rest using the spray adhesive. Place your heated upholstery material over the arm rest. Use the staple gun to attach the new cover. Make sure that there are no loose ends and that the new material is stapled directly to the underside of the arm rest frame.
Step 4: Remove the excess material using your fabric scissors. Re-attach the arm rest to your car chair. Follow the same procedure for the other arm rests inside your vehicle.
Doing the upholstery of your car's arm rest is simple if you have the necessary materials and you know what to do. The time needed to finish the entire process depends on how many arm rest covers you are going to make. For the cover, you can actually choose the color, texture, and material that you want to use. Common upholstery materials are leather, cloth, and vinyl.