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Armrest removal

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by glennho, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. glennho

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    Any ideas on how to remove the armrests. Looks like they’re plastic welded and if removed how to re install them securely. Cheers
     
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    door or centre console.
     
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    If its the arm rest then all the screws need to come out 6-8 depending on the material, door then it would hold on from behind the door card.
     
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    looks like I’ll have to grind away the plastic weld fasteners to remove the armrest then carefully replace the welds with screws and washers to hold the armrest securely.abit of extra work just to recover the door inserts.
     
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    Better to try a heat gun and soften the plastic. Might pull apart if they are plastic welded. There is a fairly recent thread on this.
     
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    so I drilled out the 6 spot plastic welds and 4 torx screws to remove the arm rest then drilled out 32 more welds to seperate the door card so as to cover the insert in black suede then put door back together with 38 screws and washers. Very time consuming but resonably easy with a bit of patience
     

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    I did the same panels in my VZ in black suede as well. Looks the shizz.

    That looks heaps better than the factory look.

    I have toyed with the idea of doing the same section in the VE in beige suede rather than the pin hole cream leather of the Calais V.

    Where did you source the fabric from?

    I used Warwick. The quality was way ahead of anywhere else.
     
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    I looked around at a few fabric places but just ended up using roof lining foam backed I had left over from the roof I did a few weeks ago so it all matched perfectly. Bought it on line
     
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    Had some not cool experiences with online buying of fabric.
    Had a chat with a trimmer and off to Warwick Fabrics I went to choose.
    Awesome you got a win.
     
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    Finished the front passenger door, another 38 plastic welds drilled out and replaced with washers and screws and insert covered in suede. Very happy with the end result. 79FFDB4A-8FA8-4B35-A1FE-6FE1F9D50B5F.jpeg 96AA1777-1CB2-4192-8F92-27672E9C19A3.jpeg 96DF89C7-88E4-4C33-BE2C-CCAD5B2F5B2C.jpeg 7E5DA08C-2942-47FA-8999-70D6398EC4FF.jpeg 7AD5BDF8-DC0B-4170-9B5B-CD6E2BD7534B.jpeg
     
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    Just saw you're in Perth and nearish too me.
    Who did you get the fabric from online?
     
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    I found them on The eBay's. Did it have scrim foam backing? Or just the white fabric backing? It's hard to see from the photos.
     
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    It’s a grey/white foam backing
     
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    Nice. I had to bond a seperate scrim foam to the back of the Warwick fabric, it's high grade stuff though. I have to do another car soon, so I'll try your supplier.
     
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